Guam Medical Association Declares State of Emergency at GMH


Guam – The Guam Medical Association has declared a State of Emergency at Guam Memorial Hospital.

A release from the GMA this evening [Thursday] states that the below resolution was unanimously adopted by the GMA Board:

“Whereas, physicians have a moral and ethical responsibility to advocate always for their patient’s safety,”

“Whereas, the continuing shortage of basic medicines and clinical supplies at the Guam Memorial Hospital has put the health and safety of the people of Guam in imminent danger,”

“Whereas, GMH physicians and nurses are being forced to deviate from the standard of care due to recurrent shortages of first-line medicines and hospital supplies,”

“Whereas, the GMH administration has acknowledged delayed supply acquisition due to the more than $20 million in overdue debt to medical vendors and other hospital creditors,”

“Whereas, the ability of the physicians of Guam to safely care for their patients is being threatened by a poorly equipped hospital,”

“Be it resolved that we, the members of the Guam Medical Association, declare that the Guam Memorial Hospital is in a state of emergency and we urge the Governor and the transitional Governor Elect of Guam to act immediately to secure reliable funding for hospital medicines and supplies, so that we can continue to provide safe and competent care to our patients.”