SC affirms ouster of govt doctor for malpractice


THE Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed an Ombudsman decision dismissing a doctor from government service for his failure to attend personally to a mother giving birth to a fifth child in 2009. The failure reportedly led to the death of the child. In a 12-page decision penned by Associate Justice Martin Villarama, the SC held that the Court of Appeals (CA) correctly affirmed the Ombudsman’s findings that Dr. Idol Bondoc of the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Calapan City is guilty of grave misconduct. “His violation of the sworn duty to attend to his patients faithfully and conscientiously is inexcusable. Such flagrant disregard of established rule and improper conduct were proven by substantial evidence,” the SC, in its November 12, 2014 ruling, stated. Bondoc was ordered dismissed by former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. He questioned the decision before the Court of Appeals and ultimately reaching the High Tribunal, arguing that he did not act in bad faith or with malicious intentions. But the SC ruled that the doctor routinely instructed his subordinates to press on the woman’s womb. A baby was later declared stillborn. “Worse, petitioner haughtily and callously spoke of respondent’s case to the other doctors and medical staff while performing a CS after he had briefly attended to her at the delivery room.”


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  1. So lets work this out, this happened in 2009 & its taken until 2014 to come to a conclusion, wow, nothing like getting your priorities right is there. Has this doctor been allowed to practice sine 2009.
    I dont think this country will ever get it sorted where crimes are dealt with quickly in any court. This country just doesnt know how to do that, other countries do but this country always finds a better way of doing things.