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Ramon Tulfo slams PGH; hospital demands apology

  • Ramon Tulfo claimed that Philippine General Hospital (PGH) refused to perform first aid treatment to a child that they ‘bumped’ on.
  • Netizens called out Tulfo for not respecting the triage in the hospital as well as the regulations that prohibit filming inside an Emergency Room (ER).
  • PGH demanded public apology from Tulfo.

Ramon Tulfo has been under fire for ranting about the treatment he received at the Philippine General Hospital.

It all started when Tulfo uploaded a video and complained about a trip he took to the emergency room (ER) of PGH when he encountered an accident.

He said that his driver bumped a six-year-old in Navotas so they rushed the child to the hospital. What his issue was that he claimed the doctor refused to start the first-aid treatment as they were stopping him from filming, however, the video showed the doctor already attending to the child’s needs.

My driver bumped a six-year-old girl playing in a congested street of Navotas while we were on a convoy on the way back to our office at Ortigas Center, Pasig, from a relief operation in the town.

My staff and I rushed the child to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) emergency room.

The ER doctor, Jay Guerrero, did not want to give the child first aid treatment, saying he didn’t want it recorded on video.

No amount of pleading from me to attend to the young patient would budge the good doctor.

PGH Experience

My driver bumped a six-year-old girl playing in a congested street of Navotas while we were on a convoy on the way back to our office at Ortigas Center, Pasig, from a relief operation in the town. My staff and I rushed the child to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) emergency room.The ER doctor, Jay Guerrero, did not want to give the child first aid treatment, saying he didn't want it recorded on video.No amount of pleading from me to attend to the young patient would budge the good doctor.Here's the video of that incident inside the PGH-ER yesterday:

Posted by Ramon Tulfo on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tulfo didn’t stop there.

He made sure that he got his point across as he also tweeted about the incident and labeled the interns and resident doctors at the hospital as people who “don’t care much about their poor patients” as they are “rich kids who graduated from UP”. 

Most interns and resident doctors at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) are haughty(matapobre). They don’t care much about their poor patients as all they’re interested in is learning medical skills. Why? They are rich kids who graduated from UP, premiere govt school. Shame!

The posts backfired and Netizens reacted to the statements made by the broadcaster. People defended the rights of medical practitioners and urged people to stop social media shaming.

Rich kids? Most? You generalize pero di mo alam sinasabi mo. Medical skills? Jusko kung alam mo lang lahat ng pinagdadaanan namin para mairaos mga pasyente dahil hindi sapat ang resources ng ospital.

Before you go and try to do some doctor shaming, ensure that you have a decent understanding of hospital protocols and that you have considered the limitations of our healthcare system. Otherwise, you can politely ask what is happening without any toxic self-entitlement.

Adding more conflict to the whole controversy, a person who claimed to be the mother of the child commented on Tulfo’s video saying that she did not give him consent to upload the video showing her and her daughter’s face.

Sana naman po hiningan niu ako ng consent na vivideohan niyo kami mag ina tapos iuupload niu ang mukha naming ng anak ko sa social media parang Hindi nmn po at a tama ito king sino man ang nag post nito minor ang anak ko bkt vivideohan mo at pinost mupa king gusto mong mag pasikat wag niu kaming idamay mag INA kng madamay kami jan nag iisep kaba pwede kitang idimanda sa ginawa mong pag kalat ng video nato ng Hindi mo ako hinihingan ng abiso Alan mu bayon .. Pinakita niu pa na takot na takot na ung anak ko at namumutla na dhl sa kakasuka at takot na takot dhl sa away marunong kbang mag isep 😣😣 kng sino kaman ipahahanap kita king sino kman ..

On the other hand, the UP Academic Employees Union-Manila issued a statement on Sunday, saying that Tulfo was irresponsible for uploading he video on social media and violated the rights of both the PGH personnel and patients.

They also urged the PGH to file a formal complaint against Tulfo for his actions.

In spite of the public backlash, Tulfo continued to defend his side and his point of view of the situation.

To my doctor-bashers:
Mas lalo kayong bumaba sa paningin ng taumbayan dahil sa isyu sa video ng doktor na ayaw asikasuhin ang batang pasyente.

Habang sinusugod ko ang bata sa PGH ay nagsusuka na ito, tanda, sa palagay ko, ay malubha na ang kanyang kalagayan. Labis akong nabahala.

Nang dumating kami sa PGH emergency room, parang palengke ito at hindi ospital.

Maraming pasyente na nakahiga sa sahig at hindi inaasikaso.

Initially, we planned to record the condition of the child for future legal reference at hindi yung doktor na titingin sana sa bata.

But the doctor refused to look over the patient, driving me to get upset.

Kung kayo ang nasa kalagayan ko, mga kaibigan, magagalit din kayo.

Hindi ko kaanu-ano ang bata, pero nagmalasakit ako sa kanya.

Pero ang karamihan ng doktor at staff sa PGH emergency room ay parang manhid na sa paligid nila. Parang wala silang pakialam sa mga pasyente.

Porke ba dahil mayayaman sila at ang mga pasyente ay dukha?

PGH demands apology.

On August 19, on a statement sent to Rappler, PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the behavior of Mr Tulfo as completely unacceptable and unbecoming especially from a supposedly veteran journalist seeking help for the victim his vehicle had bumped.

“If ever there was any disruption in service to the victim, it was directly caused by the behavior of Mr Tulfo.

“The incident could have been an outright endangerment of the lives of the patients had there been those in a life or death situation. It was only by the providence of God that there was no such case at that precise moment.”


 

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