Doctors won't take anymore 'insults' from GMA camp

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2011 09:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2011 05:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Medical Association (PMA) officials can no longer take what they call "insults" from the camp of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Arroyo's physicians have allegedly insisted that there are no qualified doctors in the Philippines who can help the Pampanga lawmaker.

These claims will be investigated by the PMA's ethics committee, according to the group's president, Dr. Leo Olarte.

"Insulto ito para sa local practitioners. Parang sinasabi nila na walang magaling na duktor sa Pilipinas," he said. "Pino-promote pa naman natin ang medical tourism."

The Southern Police District, after examining Arroyo, said the former President has "muscle weakness and muscle cramps on her lower extremity, with loss of appetite, weight loss and lack of sleep."

According to Olarte, this is due to all the allegations that Arroyo is facing.

"Anorexic na...dahil sa stress at tension," he said.

Olarte confirmed that Arroyo is indeed suffering from hypoparathyroidism, but he argued that she is already getting better.

"Nasa healing stage na ito... kaya puwedeng gamutin sa Pilipinas," he said.

The PMA, he added, wants to form a committee that will examine the true medical condition of Arroyo.

The group may invite foreign specialists.

However, Arroyo's lawyers warned that the PMA cannot do this without the patient's consent.

"Sagrado po iyang doctor-patient relationship. Hindi nila puwedeng ma-eksamin ang records kung walang pahintulot ng pasyente," said the Arroyos' lawyer, Atty. Ferdie Topacio. - report from Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News; ANC