JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday tasked the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the death of a woman, who had just given birth, after she was allegedly denied treatment by more than six hospitals.
Guevarra said the NBI was given 10 days to come up with its findings, and if evidence warrants, file the appropriate charges before the Department of Justice.
" I have already given instructions to the NBI to investigate the incident," Guevarra said in a statement.
Guevarra earlier warned that personnel of hospitals which refused to admit patients, may face charges for violation of Republic Act 8344.
RA 8344 is an act penalizing the refusal of hospitals to administer initial medical treatment in emergency cases, as strengthened by RA 10932.
Reports showed that Catherine Bulatao successfully gave birth at their home in Caloocan City but needed a medical procedure due to a complication.
The midwife who assisted in the birth recommended that she should be immediately brought to a hospital to remove the placenta from her uterus.
But all the hospitals where they brought Bulatao allegedly refused to admit her, that eventually led to her death.