The panel of 12 doctors found guilty of exposing Taichung Mayor Jason Hu's (胡志強) medical records filed an appeal yesterday, citing unreasonable punishment.
Doctors claim that they have demonstrated ample remorse for their misconduct by writing a letter of apology to Hu. They believe they have done enough to exonerate them from any further penalty.
According to the degree of involvement, the doctors were ordered by the health officials of Taichung City to face punishments ranging from attending lectures on medical ethics to temporary license suspension.
Days prior to the local 3-in-1 election last year, the pan-green doctors, along with Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lin Jing-shin, discredited Hu, a Kuomintang member's leadership ability due to his waning health.
During the press conference spearheaded by Lin, the doctors Hu's medical history openly discussed.
The doctors were found to be in violation of medical ethics and the Department of Health will make the final decision of the doctor's appeal, said the Bureau of Health Promotion of Taichung.