CABANATUAN CITY -– The Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force has ordered an investigation into the alleged refusal of six hospitals here to admit or give medication to a 65-year-old ailing man, who eventually died of a heart attack at his home in Bgy. Sta. Arcadia on Maundy Thursday, April 9.
This alleged inaction by the six hospitals to immediately respond to the medical needs of Ladislao Cabling, who was suffering from asthma, caught the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, who in his speech aired on Monday night warned that erring hospitals would be sanctioned.
The news about Cabling’s tragic death allegedly first reached Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who immediately informed the President about it.
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, the task force chair, said he already ordered the management of the six hospitals to submit an official report on the incident to the task force.
According to Arnold Cagaoan, Cabling's son-in-law, the victim was initially taken to the Immaculate Concepcion Medical Center for difficulty in breathing. However, the patient was not admitted because the hospital's intensive care unit was already full.
Cagaoan, who was with three children and a niece aboard a barangay service vehicle said they then proceeded to the Wesleyan University-Philippines Hospital but Cabling was also refused admission citing the same reason.
He said they then went to three other hospitals next -- the Nueva Ecija Doctor's Hospital, the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Premiere General Hospital-- but these hospitals also rejected admitting the patient.
“Pero malayo pa lang kami sumesenyas na yung guard at taga hospital na hindi na tumatanggap ng pasyente” said Cagaoan, who was already getting frustrated.
He then brought his widowed father-in-law to the government-operated Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center but they were again rejected despite their repeated pleas.
Cagaoan said they had no other recourse but to bring home his father-in-law who died and was interred at the Eternal Gardens here on Tuesday.