Senator Bong Go plans to hold a Senate investigation into reports of hospitals refusing to admit or treat critically ill patients.
In a statement Tuesday (April 28), Go expressed alarm at reports of patients who died because they were allegedly turned away by some hospitals.
Over the weekend, it was reported that a mother from Caloocan City died after giving birth because she was refused admission by six hospitals despite losing a lot of blood.
There were also reports that a pregnant woman in Manila died after being turned down by four medical hospitals while another patient expired after reportedly being turned away by as many as six hospitals in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.
Go, chairman of the Senate health committee, said that while hospitals may be running at full capacity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is illegal for them to turn patients away before their condition stabilized.
“Papaimbestigahan ko rin ito bilang Chairperson ng Committee on Health sa Senado. Ipapatawag natin ang mga ospital na ito sa tamang panahon and those responsible for these unlawful acts should and will be held accountable,” he said.
Republic Act No. 10932 or the “Anti-Hospital Deposit Law” declares it as unlawful for a hospital or clinic to refuse patients and administer medical treatment and support. The law also states that a transfer to another hospital or facility can only be done after necessary emergency treatment has been administered to the patient and that the patient is already in a stable condition.