At the Tondo General Hospital, one ward, which has up to 80 patients, has only three nurses on duty.
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“May this turn our anguish and anger into a burning fervor to serve the people.”
Progressive health groups still pin hope on the resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace talks to bring in reforms in health service.
Instead of providing more personnel to the villages, Health Secretary Ubial’s plan is to retrench health workers.
“If you do not have that certification, you cannot avail of hospital services.”
The SFHM obtained a letter dated Aug. 10, 2016 signed by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial and addressed to Fabella hospital director Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem, approving proposals to downsize the bed capacity from 700 to 200.
‘This is contrary to Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial’s statement during the budget hearing in the House of Representatives that Fabella Hospital would not be transferred.’
“The Philippine government can follow Cuba’s example of resisting privatization and establishing an integrated national health system that is strongly public and shouldered by government through our taxes.”
“The transfer is a step towards abolishment of free and affordable hospital services.”
“The FNU has been getting reports of LGU nurses experiencing harassment, intimidation and other forms of unfair, even inhuman practices, directly or indirectly related to political dynamics in their place of assignment.”