Court allows Napoles to choose surgeons


The chosen doctors of alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles can now perform the needed operations on the detained businesswoman.

This, after Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Wednesday granted the motion of the city government of Makati to allow Napoles’ chosen doctors to operate on her.

In a two-page resolution, Alameda authorized Drs. Elsie Badillo-Pascua, Efren Domingo, Leo Aquizilan Michael Lim-Villa, Nick Cruz, an anesthesiologist, and a pulmonologist to perform and administer medical procedures and treatment to Napoles.

The doctors, who all came from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, were not affiliated with the government-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) where Napoles is currently confined.

Alameda clarified that when he allowed Napoles to undergo surgical operation and confinement at OsMak, the court had assumed that the hospital personnel would attend to her.

In order to safeguard the alleged right of the accused to avail of the services of physicians of her choice, Alameda assumed that Napoles would choose from the doctors affiliated with OsMak’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Her camp, however invoked the right of the patient to avail of the services of the physician of her choice protected by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Declaration on the Rights and Obligation of the Patient, and requested that her personal physicians attend to her.

The request of Napoles was favored by OsMak through a motion filed by its owner and operator the Makati government before the court.

Alameda granted Makati’s motion after Dr. Perry Ishmael Peralta, OsMak medical director testified during Wednesday’s hearing.

In his testimony, Peralta said non-affiliated doctors should follow the standard of care of a patient, should follow the rules, regulations and policies of the hospital.

He also told the court that Napoles’ doctors will be granted a limited privilege to practice in the hospital saying that they can only attend to matters concerning the patient.

Peralta added that OsMak will designate a representative, who will participate in the management of the patient and will have access on her medical records, in the medical team of Napoles.

In the same order, Alameda stressed that Napoles’ period of confinement at OsMak shall cover only the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative procedures.

To deter any prolonged confinement of Napoles, the court directed Peralta to submit to it and to the prosecutors a progress report on the medical condition of Napoles immediately after the operation.

Peralta, however, said Napoles’ stay in the hospital would not be prolonged, adding that this will be dependent on the patient’s progress and condition, but more or less, 26 days.

In an interview after the hearing, Peralta said Napoles was not yet ready to undergo surgery based on the results of medical examinations on Tuesday.

He said Napoles can have surgery if her medical tests will yield good results and that her doctors give her clearance.

Peralta said Napoles had a blood test on Wednesday.


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