A Moldovan doctor has been slammed after taking a selfie from a delivery room, with a new mother lying naked in the background.
Dr Sergiu Sochirca, a former director of the local hospital in Floresti, north-east Moldova, then posted the inappropriate self-portrait on his Facebook.
The post was widely shared on social media in Moldova, and the National Ministry of Health has now demanded his suspension.
Shocking: Dr Sergiu Sochirca took a break from delivery to take a selfie with the new mother lying naked on a hospital bed in the background
Dr Sochirca posted two photos on his Facebook account, the first one is a selfie from the operation room, showing a naked woman on a hospital bed behind him.
The second photo shows the newborn being held by a nurse for the doctor to take a photo.
The doctor wrote a post along with the photos which said: ‘Work is at its peak.
‘Greetings to everyone who is doing night shifts! A small baby with big hopes just came into this world!’
The controversial Facebook post went viral in Moldovam and was published by local media, sparking a national controversy.
Scandal: Dr Sochirca posted two photos on his Facebook account, a selfie from the delivery room, and a picture of the newborn baby
Health Minister, Ruxanda Glavan, assures the doctor will be punished for his unprofessional behavior.
She said: ‘Regarding the outrageous and irresponsible behaviour of the doctor in Floresti who published photos from the surgery room of a half-conscious mother and her newborn on Facebook: I’ve sent an inquiry to the management of Floresti District Hospital to ask for the immediate sanctioning of doctor Sergiu Sochirca according to current legislation.’
The doctor’s actions breached patient confidentiality rights, personal data protection and ethical norms regulating the medical profession.\n\n
The hospital is currently deciding what action they will take in consequence of Dr Sochirca’s behaviour.