Panel to elevate result of hospital probe to grievance body-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Board committee on health is set to elevate to the executive branch's grievance committee the result of its probe into patients neglect allegations against some personnel at the Romana Pangan District Hospital in Floridablanca.
The investigation stemmed from the death of a four-year-old dengue patient, Aichelle Mitch Lopez, last August 16.
During the hearings of the committees on health and justice, which were attended by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, it was learned that three other patients died of cardiac arrest and kidney failure afternoon of the same day because there was only one doctor on duty to attend to emergencies and some 50 patients confined at the hospital.
Also in the hearing were relatives of the patients and medical practitioners of the hospital.
"The Committee on Health has reviewed the documents and statements of all parties under oath. In aid of legislation, the committee would make its recommendations regarding the improvements in services and the system plus the very strict implementation of hospital protocol. Other than that, the findings of this committee on the four cases shall now be elevated to the executive's Grievance Committee for disposition and sanctions if there be," Board member Crisostomo Garbo said.
Most of the committee members agreed that there seemed to be lapses in handling the cases, like doubtful test results and insufficient doctors or resident medical practitioners on duty.
"Indeed, there seemed to be some lapses in handling such cases. And that is precisely what the august body will correct through appropriate legislation," said Board Members Nestor Tolentino and Anthony Torres.
For his, Pineda emphasized that such lapses and unnecessary loss of lives should never happen again.
Asked by Ex-Officio Board Member Mike Tapang if there were indeed lapses, Romana Pangan District Hospital chief Antonio Aquino said: "Wala. Ginawa naman lahat ng dapat gawin sa abot ng aming kakayahan."
Meanwhile, committee on justice chair Board Member Teddy Tumang vowed that the issues will not be politicized.
"We can assure all concerned parties here that this will not be politicized and everyone can expect fair judgment," he said.
Lopez was confined at the hospital on August 14 to 16 and fell into a coma and died later due to alleged failure of doctors to diagnose her real condition.
According to doctors-on duty Raymond and Fausto Mallari, they initially "ruled out" dengue because of the absence of symptoms despite repeated blood tests and in spite of the high incidences of the disease in the town.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 01, 2013.