- A post wherein a doctor was filmed checking his phone while a patient was ‘close to dying’ had gone viral on Facebook
- A netizen spoke up in defense to the doctor saying he was informing the attending physician of the patient’s status
- She also added that it was necessary as they are not yet licensed therefore needing supervision before performing treatment
In a situation that could dictate life and death, people’s emotions are highly likely to go rampant and demand the best attention for their loved ones.
In a post that had gone viral, a Facebook user expressed her outrage and disappointment in a doctor who was seen using his mobile phone while standing beside her sister whom she claimed was ‘close to dying.’
This has caught the attention of thousands of netizens, garnering over ten thousand Facebook likes. Included in the huge number was Marnelli Pineda Pitoy, who came in defense to the doctor receiving backlash from the post.
At the beginning of Pitoy’s post, she noted her reasons behind several of her actions. She opted to leave out the name of the person behind the viral post, but kept the doctor’s logo on the photo in hopes to defend the establishment.
She informed her readers that she is on the same boat as the doctor, currently being post graduate interns. She further explained that they would not have earned a degree if they were not seen fit to finish their course, adding that they were usually the ‘front liners’ in the emergency room.
They were given the freedom to examine and attend to patients but were only limited to such actions as they are not yet licensed, hence needing to have either a resident or higher doctor to supervise them before being able to do further treatment. She quipped that it was what the law dictates.
Upon closer inspection to the video, the doctor attended to the user’s sister as she had an oxygen mask, IV, and a BP ready by her bed side – the ER protocol for patients who complain from difficulty in breathing.
To clear matters on why the doctor was holding his phone, she reasoned that it was to inform the attending physician of the patient’s current status. Pressing that if he were using it to kill time or log on to social media apps, he would have enough sense not to do so in front of a patient. His updates to the physician were necessary in order to perform further treatment.
Pitoy urged to avoid posting photos of doctors through social media, requesting for the same respect as they try to protect their patients’ identity no matter the disease. -HB, Kami Media