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.”
“Let us unite and ask President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and incoming Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial to modernize our hospital by allotting more government budget and award the lot to the hospital.”
The impending closure of Fabella will not only affect hospital patients and employees, but may also lead to the displacement of families residing nearby.
“Where will the poor mothers go?”
Protesters vow to stay vigilant to keep the maternity hospital in its place.