The Hayden Agenda

Hayden Kho is a duly licensed doctor of medicine.  I know what it takes to become a full-fledged doctor.

I am a proud father of two doctors.  My third son Gerry has a clinic in internal medicine at Los Angeles.  My eldest daughter Maria Clarissa, a year younger than Gerry, is an anesthesiologist in several hospitals in Metro-Manila.

Never mind the tremendous cost of a course in medicine.  Instead, consider the 14 years of undergraduate study, internship, and residency.  When you want to specialize, you come under the tutelage of your elders that could last a number of years after passing the Physicians’ Licensure Examination.

Think of the long hours of work.  When he is “on duty” at the hospital, the doctor works 36 hours straight, at no overtime pay.

Although we live in the same house, but because we have different work and sleeping schedules, Clarissa and I sometimes do not see each other for days, except to say hello and goodbye.

More than any professional, the doctor has tremendous responsibilities. He literally holds his patient’s life in his hands.  So, how does Hayden look at his patients?  As people looking for help, or as sex objects?

When Gerry and Clarissa told me in high school that they wanted to take up medicine, I asked, “Why?”  Each of them had the same answer, “I want to heal sick people.”  That was good enough for me, and I scraped to send them through medical school.

A professional, especially a medical doctor, has one motto: “The client above all, and, above all, the client.”  Hayden Kho interpreted this motto to mean: in his bed, with a hidden camera to record the proceedings, and the video to be enshrined in his library. That makes him a pervert who should be stripped of his license.

I firmly believe that a doctor, considering his tremendous workload, is entitled to some fun.  But Hayden’s idea of fun is sickening.

Last Tuesday, at my breakfast club of insurance professionals, we discussed the question: Is Hayden Kho professionally liable for his sex videos, taken supposedly without his partners’ knowledge and consent?

A professional can be held legally liable for damages if he harms his client through gross negligence or malice.  Our club unanimously decided that Hayden Kho could be held professionally liable.

If Katrina and all the others similarly aggrieved file a damage suit for everything Hayden owns, my breakfast club agreed they would have an open-and-shut case.  I can hardly wait for what our courts will say.

In the meantime, if Hayden has any tinge of decency left in him, he should voluntarily turn in his license for cancellation by the Professional Regulatory Commission.  That is much better than having the license cancelled for grave unprofessional misconduct.

QUESTIONS OF POLICIES

Honesto C. General

28 May 2009

THE HAYDEN AGENDA

Hayden Kho is a duly licensed doctor of medicine.  I know what it takes to become a full-fledged doctor.

I am a proud father of two doctors.  My third son Gerry has a clinic in internal medicine at Los Angeles.  My eldest daughter Maria Clarissa, a year younger than Gerry, is an anesthesiologist in several hospitals in Metro-Manila.

Never mind the tremendous cost of a course in medicine.  Instead, consider the 14 years of undergraduate study, internship, and residency.  When you want to specialize, you come under the tutelage of your elders that could last a number of years after passing the Physicians’ Licensure Examination.

Think of the long hours of work.  When he is “on duty” at the hospital, the doctor works 36 hours straight, at no overtime pay.

Although we live in the same house, but because we have different work and sleeping schedules, Clarissa and I sometimes do not see each other for days, except to say hello and goodbye.

More than any professional, the doctor has tremendous responsibilities. He literally holds his patient’s life in his hands.  So, how does Hayden look at his patients?  As people looking for help, or as sex objects?

When Gerry and Clarissa told me in high school that they wanted to take up medicine, I asked, “Why?”  Each of them had the same answer, “I want to heal sick people.”  That was good enough for me, and I scraped to send them through medical school.

A professional, especially a medical doctor, has one motto: “The client above all, and, above all, the client.”  Hayden Kho interpreted this motto to mean: in his bed, with a hidden camera to record the proceedings, and the video to be enshrined in his library. That makes him a pervert who should be stripped of his license.

I firmly believe that a doctor, considering his tremendous workload, is entitled to some fun.  But Hayden’s idea of fun is sickening.

Last Tuesday, at my breakfast club of insurance professionals, we discussed the question: Is Hayden Kho professionally liable for his sex videos, taken supposedly without his partners’ knowledge and consent?

A professional can be held legally liable for damages if he harms his client through gross negligence or malice.  Our club unanimously decided that Hayden Kho could be held professionally liable.

If Katrina and all the others similarly aggrieved file a damage suit for everything Hayden owns, my breakfast club agreed they would have an open-and-shut case.  I can hardly wait for what our courts will say.

In the meantime, if Hayden has any tinge of decency left in him, he should voluntarily turn in his license for cancellation by the Professional Regulatory Commission.  That is much better than having the license cancelled for grave unprofessional misconduct.

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