OsMak: No special, free treatment for Napoles

Posted at 04/01/14 1:12 PM

MANILA - The Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) said alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Napoles will pay for the bills she will incur at the hospital.

OsMak Medical Director Ishmael Peralta said Napoles will not be getting any special treatment that would be detrimental to the operations of the hospital and the welfare of other patients.

In a press conference with Makati reporters, Peralta said: “We will bill Mrs. Napoles like how we bill other patients. She will have to pay for her hospital bills.”

Asked if Napoles’ stay in the hospital is already affecting the ingress and egress for other patients and their relatives, he said: "We have protocols in place. If we have patients like this, there's no VIP treatment. It’s not the patient we are protecting, but the operations of the hospital and other patients. That’s the protocol."

Napoles’ room is “very basic” – a bed, private toilet, and a bath, he said. “We have no category for single room occupancy since we’re a public hospital, most of our beds are for wards. The single room occupancy is because there’s an indication of, say chemotherapy or infection.”

He said the medical staff will not even be augmented. Two or three nurses cover one shift, he said.

Napoles arrived at the OsMak at around 10:00 p.m. on Monday.

She is now at the seventh floor of the hospital, waiting for additional tests and therapy before she can undergo any surgical procedures.

Peralta said there is no schedule yet for the surgery. It will depend on the tests that she still needs to take.

He also did not divulge which particular operations she will undergo due to a doctor-patient confidentiality.

Napoles has complained of extreme abdominal pains. Doctors later found out she has a cyst in the uterus.

She asked the Makati court for treatment at St. Luke’s. Instead, the court said: “After diligently ascertaining the facts, the averments in the motions and the testimonies given … the court finds sufficient basis to grant the motion. However, the request of the accused that she should undergo surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center should be modified. Instead, the court directs that the accused will undergo surgical operation at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak), a government hospital situated within the territorial jurisdiction of this court.”

Peralta noted the Napoles camp has already sought the OsMak’s help even prior to the decision from the court. “They manifested they want the operation here.”

He said, however, that the hospital will receive doctors of St. Luke’s if requested. This will have to get the nod of the court, he said.

On who can visit Napoles, he said the decision of the court is silent on that subject. “For now, maybe the relatives. But we should also seek clearance.”

Peralta said the hospital will try to provide a daily medical bulletin to the media.