Saturday, October 23, 2021

Physicians group backs call for release of health workers' benefits

BACOLOD. Medical workers at the government-run Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City. (CLMMRH-Horizon photo)

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) in Negros Occidental is supporting the cause of some health workers in both private and public hospitals in the province calling for the release of their benefits.

While they support the appeal, PCP-Negros Occidental Chapter president Ronel Sario told SunStar Bacolod that they are not joining the protest action scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Sario said the doctors’ services are needed in hospitals amid the increasing number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

He said at present many individuals wanted to be admitted to the hospitals but ended up on waiting lists.

Health workers, who will be joining the mass action, will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they march down Bacolod’s main thoroughfares, Noli Rosales, coordinator of the National Labor Union and one of the convenors of the Medical Front Liners Alliance of Negros (MFLAN), said.

Rosales explained that this is to dramatize the “deplorable state” of health workers, especially in Negros Occidental, as the country battles the pandemic.

He said they are calling for the release of their special risk allowance, as well as meal and transportation allowances by the national government and the Department of Health (DOH).

Although MFLAN has no concrete data as to how many health workers have been infected with Covid or how many have succumbed to the disease, Rosales said about 300 medical workers already quit their jobs.


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