The Southern Negros Doctor's Hospital in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental will be back in operation soon, Dr. Enigardo “Jundad” Legislador, president of the Medical Associates Diagnostic Center Inc. (MDCI), which operates the SNDH, announced yesterday.
This was after a decision was rendered by the Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 53 Judge Pepito Gellada declaring the foreclosure of the hospital in favor of Philippine Investment One null and void.
Legislador, who is also the SNDH Medical Director, said “ We finally found vindication from the court that declared the foreclosure null and void, since there were pending motions that had yet to be resolved and gave us back the authority to reopen and operate the hospital.”
In December last year, the operation of SNDH was shut down by virtue of a court issued writ of possession, and was padlocked by a sheriff. Hospital property was covered by a transfer certificate title in the name of PI One.
Legislador recalled that they were taken by surprise by the measure, as they were given only hours to remove all their belongings, including patients who were transferred to other medical institutions, some of them, without the agreement of the attending physicians of the patients.
“We strongly believe that PI One not only violated patients' rights but basic human rights in the conduct of the takeover,” he said.
The SNDH, which is owned by MADCI, was under corporate rehabilitation until 2016 when it failed to pay up loans with the Development Bank of the Philippines then.
SNDH, a 100-bed capacity, had been operational for almost 17 years.*GPB
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