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Gwen warns ‘lazy, greedy’ gov’t doctors

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has warned medical personnel, particularly doctors in provincial hospitals, who referred patients to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) despite being able to treat certain diseases.

Garcia gave the stern warning after VSMMC Chief Gerardo Aquino Jr. identified the top 10 referring hospitals in Cebu as having referred a total of 6,419 patients to the VSMMC from January to June 30 this year.

The governor said they will look into who was on duty and who referred patients to VSMMC whose diseases were “manageable” at the provincial level based on VSMMC data. (https://bit.ly/3AKN89H)

“Expect a meeting where I will face those who just directly refer patients to VSMMC when they had the capability to treat the cases on the provincial level,” she also said.

“Warn these people in advance, so that they will no longer continue because this is such a shameful and greedy habit at the expense of our people. The Cebuanos are pitiful because their doctors are lazy to work but they don’t tire of receiving big salaries,” added Garcia.

Under the list entitled “Top 10 Referring Hospitals,” Aquino said the DOH 711 hotline was on top of the list with 2,294 referrals, followed by Lapu-Lapu City Hospital (815 referrals); Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Mandaue City (732 referrals); Cebu Provincial Hospital (CPH)-Danao (649 referrals), and Cebu South Medical Center (417 referrals); Mandaue City Hospital (364 referrals); CPH Carcar (336 referrals); CPH Bogo (320 referrals); Cebu City Medical Center (253 referrals); and CPH Balamban (239 referrals).

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