A Moldovan doctor is facing suspension after posting a selfie on Facebook from the delivery room with a new mother lying naked in the background.
Dr. Sergiu Sochirca, former director of a local hospital in Floresti, is accused of breaching patient confidentiality rights, the Daily Mail reported.
Sochirca had posted two photos on Facebook. The first one was a selfie from an operating room, which showed a naked woman lying in a hospital bed behind him.
The second one was a photo of the newborn being held by a nurse for the doctor to take a photo.
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“Work is at its peak,” Sochirca wrote as the caption. “Greetings to everyone who is doing night shifts! A small baby with big hopes just came into this world!”
But not everyone was a fan of the post, which quickly went viral and was published by local media outlets.
The National Ministry of Health is demanding Dr. Sochirca’s suspension. Health minister Ruxanda Glavan said the doctor’s behavior was unprofessional. She issued the following statement:
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Regarding the outrageous and irresponsible behavior of the doctor in Floresti who published photos from the surgery room of a half-conscious mother and her newborn on Facebook: I've sent an inquiry to the management of Floresti District Hospital to ask for the immediate sanctioning of doctor Sergiu Sochirca according to current legislation.
The hospital is currently deciding what further action it will take regarding the incident.