Cebu City to renew contract of 60 CCMC casual nurses

SAYING they don’t want to jeopardize services of the public hospital, the Cebu City Government will renew the contracts of services of at least 60 nurses assigned at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos informed the nurses, who are all casual employees, during the meeting she called yesterday at her office.

Delos Santos recognized Mayor Tomas Osmeña for granting her request to renew the contract of the nurses, who were mostly hired last year because they have been trained to provide medical care to the patients.

“It’s good news, we’re very thankful that the mayor is a listener and he was able to understand and I was able to convince him on the retention of the casual employees,” delos Santos said, who was designated by Osmeña as deputy mayor for CCMC.

The nurses, whose appointments ended last July 31, will have to work until Aug. 31.

For a month, delos Santos said they will undergo a performance evaluation by the officials of the hospital to determine if they have maintain the quality of service they are giving to their patients.

Shesaid that they have been very careful on removing personnel in the medical services because it is an important service to the people, particularly those who can’t afford to avail themselves of private medical care.

So far, Delos Santos said no nurses were terminated.

At present, the city hospital, which is temporarily operating its medical services inside the Bureau of Fire Protection 7 compound on N. Bacalso Ave., has a total of 453 manpower, 16 of them are doctors.

Some of the nurses, who were called during the meeting yesterday, were teary-eyed, and told Sun.Star Cebu that they were just happy after learning that their contracts will be renewed. They said they were expecting that they will be terminated.

Jane, who declined to give her full name, confirmed that delos Santos told them that they will all be renewed.

She said that before the announcement, the councilor explained to them the personnel condition of the city hospital and the need for them to give their best when it comes to their performance.

“We’re all happy that we will be renewed because we really wanted to work with CCMC,” Jane told Sun.Star Cebu.

Delos Santos also clarified that there was no politics involved on the first reports that came out on the non-renewal of some of the nurses.

During the meeting, delos Santos found out that most of the nurses were endorsed by former mayor Michael Rama and his allies but they will still be included in the contract renewal.

“Basically there is a political vendetta, I would like to give emphasis that if we make as part of the equation, wala’y mabalik because if you can see the one who endorsed them were Rama… There’s no BOPK, (Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan),” said delos Santos.

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