The evaluation is by anthropologist Júlia Morim, who also works as a doula and is part of the Parto do Princípio Network. In an interview with g1she recalled principles that are guaranteed by institutions such as the National Health Council and the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM).
“Patients have the right to maintain their privacy, [direito] safety and physical integrity, which must be ensured by the health establishment, whether public or private”, stated the researcher.
The case happened at the LP Saúde clinic, in the Prazeres neighborhood, while Amanda was undergoing an endovaginal ultrasound, on Monday morning (30).
Among the resolutions that guarantee patients’ rights in healthcare is article 28 of the most recent version of the Code of Medical Ethics, published in 2019 by the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM).
The text determines that doctors are prohibited from “disrespecting the interest and integrity of the patient in any institution in which they are confined, regardless of their own will.”
The article adds that, “if any acts harmful to the personality and physical or mental health of patients entrusted to the doctor occur, the doctor will be obliged to report the fact to the competent authority and the Regional Council of Medicine”.
Wanted by g1the Regional Council of Medicine of Pernambuco (Cremepe) reported that it was aware of the complaint, “with wide repercussion in the local and national media”, and that it opened a file for “the due investigation of the case”.
Another resolution, the Charter of Health Users’ Rights, drawn up in 2011 by the National Health Council (CNS), also details the rights that must be guaranteed to patients.
Among them, having “humanized, welcoming care, free from any discrimination, restriction or denial due to age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic or social conditions, health status, anomaly, pathology or disability”.
What a service should be like
According to anthropologist Júlia Morim, in general, when a medical procedure is carried out, the person being treated is accompanied only by the doctor, an assistant and, if desired, a companion.
In the case of gynecological care, there is a rule in Pernambuco – Law 18,113, of December 28, 2022 – that guarantees the presence of a female assistant, if the patient is being attended to by a man.
“In a consultation, in this case, a gynecological one, there is usually a professional – either a gynecologist, or a doctor who performs the ultrasound. And in these cases, there is always someone else in the room, an assistant, or a doctor’s assistant, who is there together, precisely to prevent possible abuse”, explained the anthropologist and doula.
According to Morim, in any service it is necessary for the doctor to introduce himself and explain each action to be carried out during the procedure.
“He has to ask for permission to touch the person’s body, or to place a needle, or an ultrasound. At the end, or during the process, explain what is happening, what the results are. Do not embarrass the patient”, he informed.
Furthermore, according to the researcher, during gynecological exams, women must wear a gown or some cloth that covers their private parts. On the day of the attacks, Amanda, who was wearing long pants, said that the clinic did not provide a gown for her to wear during the exam.
“There should be a sheet, something. Normally, there’s a sheet that covers the leg. You don’t take off your underwear and there’s nothing covering you. If you’re going to do[a breast exam]it’s exposed, you will cover. This is your privacy that will be preserved while you are covered”, said Morim. [umexame}namamaestácomelaexpostavocêvaicobrirIssoéasuaprivacidadequevaiestarsendopreservadaenquantovocêestácoberta”afirmouMorim
Still in the opinion of the doula and anthropologist, there is no justification for someone to enter the room while a patient is undergoing an examination.
“She is being examined. There is no justification for anyone to enter the room, much less attack, hit and talk,” he told g1.
Doctor was removed from the clinic
Video shows patient being attacked during gynecological consultation in Jaboatão
LP Saúde stated that the woman filmed attacking the patient does not work there. The institution also said that the doctor was removed and that security at the site was reinforced.
The attacks were filmed by the patient herself. In the images, published by Amanda Oliveira on social media, it is possible to see that the attacker enters the doctor’s office and orders the patient to get dressed to leave. “Get out of here!” says the attacker several times (see video above).
According to Amanda, the woman started attacking her because she had taken off her pants to take the exam. The patient said that the clinic did not provide a gown for her to cover herself during the procedure.