Netizens infuriated by hospital staff’s treatment to an 80-year-old man


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Netizens couldn’t help but be angry towards a hospital staff who asked an 80-year-old man to vacate a seat and instead kept their chairs locked up.

A senior citizen was asked to vacate his seat in PGH
A senior citizen was asked to vacate his seat in PGH | Photo Courtesy: Facebook /Cristobal Manopol

A Facebook post by Cristobal Gutano Manopol is going viral after he shared an incident he witnessed in Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Manopol revealed that he was appalled to see as hospital staff ask a senior citizen to stand up, got his seat away and locked the chairs near the window. The staff insisted that they have a 1-chair, 1-patient policy. The senior citizen man already gave his chair to his 75-year-old wife.

Manopol said that the staff forcibly took the chair away, “Pilit na kinuha ng caretaker sa hospital ang silyang inuupuan nito dahil sobra na sa 1 ang silya sa kanilang pasyente.”

Stacks of chair were available
Stacks of chair were available | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Cristobal Manopol

Although he understood the policy, Manopol couldn’t help but feel sorry for the old man who had to stand up while there are stacks of chair just locked up ready to be used.

He said, “Mas ginusto pa ng pamunuan na naka-kadena ang mga silya sa may bintana ng hospital kaysa ipagamit sa mga bumibisitang senior citizen.”

Netizens said that the policy should exclude seniors, disabled and even pregnant women
Netizens said that the policy should exclude seniors, disabled and even pregnant women | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Cristobal Manopol

The post has gone viral with over 882 shares since posting.

The Philippine General Hospital has not issued its official statement on the matter yet.


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In a country where we take good care of our elderly, it was no surprise that the post infuriated a lot of netizens. Several netizens also shared their disappointment over the hospital’s lack of consideration and respect for senior citizens.

Other also called out that 1-chair, 1-patient policy should exclude the seniors, disabled and even pregnant women.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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