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Healthcare pros meet with governor

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Dozens of healthcare professionals met with Governor Eddie Calvo this afternoon to voice their concerns about the nomination of Dr. Sam Friedman to the Guam Board of Medical Examiners. The physicians and nurses have been outraged by comments Friedman made during his confirmation hearing last Friday stating that the Guam Memorial Hospital is "killing patients".

Many took turns criticizing the oncologist's comments and actions. The group has endorsed a formal complaint to the GBME asking for an investigation into Friedman's statements.  The governor said he will review the legislative public hearing for himself and further look into their concerns.

"I want to see the statements that were made," Calvo noted. "And also, can you assist us as well you made mention of certain issues in terms of either breaking ethical codes or whether it was the Hippocratic Oath? I'm not too sure what they are, but can you provide my office whatever this information is?" he asked, to which Dr. Thomas Shieh said, "Dr. Joan Gill can."

Friedman has said he wants to provide balance on the Board and ensure that healthcare professionals are held accountable for their actions. He stands by his statements and has said he will not apologize for them.

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