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“The Hospital Holiday threat posed by the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) reduced private hospitals and doctors into mere businessmen who put profit first before public health forgetting their sworn oath to save and protect their patient’s lives from harm and injustice. The statement is a clear indication that private hospitals have become profit oriented – standing to gain from the ailments of its patients.” Edeliza Hernandez, Executive Director of Medical Action Group (MAG) said.

In protest of Republic Act 9439 of the Hospital Detention Law, PHAP threatened to conduct a Hospital Holiday in which hospitals, except the Emergency ward will temporarily close down from once to three times each month until December should the private hospitals negotiation with the Department of Health failed. The Law seeks to ban hospitals from releasing patients on the grounds of non-payment of hospital bills.

"Suffering from paranoia and illusions of grandeur, the Medical Action Group recommends President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s immediate resignation and continuous bed rest.” Edeliza Hernandez, Executive Director of Medical Action Group said.

The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG) declared its diagnosis of Pres. Arroyo’s state of mental health, claiming that aside from GMA’s poor health condition, She is apparently suffering from mental instability which renders her unfit and incapable of continuing the duty of running the nation.

In a Press Conference held early this week, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated that the factors which affected the seven neonatal sepsis deaths at the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) “strongly point to some degree of negligence”. He added that early onset newborn sepsis which resulted to the infants’ deaths “could not have been hospital acquired, the infection was really from the mothers.”

According to the joint medical team assigned to investigate the RMC neonatal sepsis case, the infants’ deaths were an “outbreak of highly fatal early onset newborn sepsis.’ He added that “mother-to-child transmission had occurred even before delivery.”

“Some ‘Degree of Negligence’ is not even an adequate description of what transpired in the delivery room of Rizal Medical Center (RMC) on the day of Oct. 4 , 2006. We are outraged by the attempts of the Department of Health to minimize the gravity of the neonatal sepsis deaths at the RMC.” Medical Action Group (MAG) Executive Director, Edeliza Hernandez said.