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Critics of NCH policy urge council to pass resolution condemning it

Patients, doctors blast new NCH policy
Posted at 8:20 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 06:46:46-05

NAPLES, Fla — Dozens of doctors, patients and members of the medical community blasted a proposed doctor-patient policy by Naples Community Hospital.

Many of them urged Naples City Council resolution condemning a policy by NCH that would not allow doctors not employed at one of its hospitals to see patients there.

Doctors are worried about having someone else see their patient without knowing how to treat them.

"Not knowing our patient, not knowing the medication, not knowing their surgery or complications," said Dr. Cesar De'Leon of the Collier Medical Society.

The medical community is also concerned the policy would discourage doctors from wanting to set up a practice in Collier County.

NCH told 4 In Your Corner last week in a statement that non-NCH doctors can review their patients charts and and remain abreast of their patients medical condition as it changes.

The policy was launched on a test basis over the summer.

"Our physicians have asked the hospital if they might participate in that pilot program so that all of these standards could be applied to them as well," said Director of the Collier County Medical Society April Donahue.

Since NCH is a private health system, any resolution passed by city council would be non-binding.