CEBU City Medical Center (CCMC) resident doctors have threatened mass resignation over City Hall’s alleged policy to accept only city residents.
Appointments of non-residents of the Cebu City were reportedly not renewed.
But City Administrator Franciso Fernandez told Sun.Star Cebu that they have already addressed the problem and that there is nothing to be worried about anymore.
He said the doctors were just “restless” because of the delay in the signing of their appointments, which was already addressed yesterday.
He initially said he did not know anything about CCMC employees threatening to resign together when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu yesterday morning.
A reader tipped Sun.Star Cebu on the threat. Sources from CCMC told Sun.Star that the doctors were objecting to the policy of hiring only Cebu City residents. Some doctors are from outside the city.
In a separate interview, Assistant City Administrator Rene Sanapo confirmed the concern over the doctors’ appointments.
“That was already addressed by Bimbo. There was just a problem with the appointments of the doctors, but Sir Bimbo already solved it this (yesterday) morning,” he said in a telephone interview.
Sanapo, also the City Government’s consultant on information technology, was designated by then Acting Mayor Michael Rama as CCMC administrator to oversee its administrative operations, including support services and maintenance.
He also heads the Mayor’s Management Team, a group of cum laude graduates whom Mayor Tomas Osmeña hired to address management concerns at City Hall.
Fernandez said they were just implementing a “standing policy” for all city employees.
After yesterday, however, he said CCMC resident doctors are exempted from it.
A CCMC source also said that the doctors were just alarmed over the possible loss of livelihood. She dismissed talks they would be resigning.
In a separate interview, Dr. Myrna Go, acting hospital chief, said she did not know of the threat but said they were prepared for it, had the doctors decided to quit.
On the other hand, Dr. Edgar Abelgas, CCMC emergency room services head, yesterday said a 40-footer van containing donated hospital equipment and furniture arrived recently.
He declined to comment on the threat of mass resignation of doctors, saying he did not know about it. He, instead, reported the arrival of the donation sent by Dr. Marilyn Mendoza and several doctors from Germany.
The items in the van, he said, include beds, trolleys, medicine cabinets, and supplies.
“It shows that despite the negative reports, we in CCMC are slowly earning the trust of people,” Abelgas said.