Admin charges recommended vs 3 doctors, nurse

CEBU CITY, Philippines–A committee tasked to investigate the posting on YouTube of an unauthorized video of rectal surgery performed on a patient at the government-run Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City has recommended the filing of administrative charges against three doctors and one nurse in a decision immediately protested by the victim as a cover-up.

In its one-page report read out on Friday by the hospital’s chief of clinic, Dr. Roque Anthony Paradela, the committee said it found probable cause to file an administrative case against the four for violation of the provisions of Republic Act 6713 or Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The hospital formed the fact-finding committee to look into the circumstances behind the video recording of the Jan. 3, 2008 surgery that was later posted on YouTube, a free video-sharing site on the Internet.

The committee report did not bear anyone’s signature or the hospital’s logo. Paradela also refused to identify the doctors and the nurse against whom administrative charges were recommended.

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