Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PGH doctors go on mass leave - INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Around 60 doctors of Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the teaching hospital of the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine (UPCM), went on mass leave starting Monday to protest the removal of Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH director.

Dr. Edelina dela Paz, who was among the doctors who went on mass leave, told the Inquirer that the hospital administration seemed to be in denial that there was a problem at the government facility.

“We want to show that all of the people here at PGH are disgruntled … There is something going on here,” she said.

The controversy at the hospital started in December when Gonzales was elected PGH director by the 11-member UP Board of Regents by a vote of 6-5.

The board, however, nullified the results after it voided the pro-Gonzales vote cast by student regent Charisse Bañez on the ground that she was not enrolled at UP at the time the election was conducted.

On February 25, the board held another election which led to Domingo being named as PGH director.

In a statement, the 60 doctors said they decided to take a mass leave of absence starting yesterday “to express our anger and dismay over the oppression and dubious removal from office of one of our own PGH doctors and to strongly protest the lack of democratic process in selecting our director.”

PGH doctors go on mass leave - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

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