DOH warns hospitals denying traffic road accident fatalities
Koronadal City (26 April) -- The health department has issued a stern warning to hospitals denying victims of traffic road accidents to face revocation of license and be filed with appropriate charges.
Health secretary Francisco Duque III made this warning amidst reports on several hospitals refusing to admit victims of traffic road accidents, particularly the more serious ones.
There have been reports that, allegedly, victims are instead being referred to other hospitals especially when clients could not meet the required deposits. These oftentimes worsen further the injury and even cause death because of the delay.
Republic Act 8344 stipulates, hospitals and medical clinics will be penalized for refusal to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases.
At the launching of the First United Nations Global Road Safety Week (April 23–27), Duque stressed these points after taking note that accidents have zoomed to be the 4th overall leading cause of death in the Philippines from 8th, its previous ranking for 30 years.
Duque also instructs local health offices, other concerned agencies and other stakeholders to provide his office the list or names of hospitals or any medical clinics doing such unlawful act for investigation, afterwhich appropriate sanctions shall be meted to guilty erring institutions.
In the Philippines, reports revealed that there are about 6,000 to 7,000 annual deaths due to road traffic accidents and most of the victims are young. (ac agad PIA 12) [top]