PHAPi seeks gov’t subsidy to hike nurses' pay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) — A private hospitals group on Monday expressed hope that the government will provide subsidies to private hospitals in order to raise the salaries of nurses and encourage them to stay in the country.

Sana po ay makapagbigay ng subsidiya itong ating gobyerno sa mga different private hospitals para nang sa ganon ay mataas din namin ang salary ng ating mga nurses dito sa pribadong ospital,” Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPi) President Dr. Jose de Grano told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon.

[Translation: We’re hoping the government can give subsidies to different private hospitals so we can also increase our nurses’s salary.]

However, he said that there’s still no formal proposal or position paper for this but the group remains hopeful upon discussing the matter with a group of nurses.

Ito ay baka mag-umpisa kasi nagkausap po kami ng grupo ng mga nurses at nung kami po ay magkausap ay sinabi po na ito ang posibleng gawin at baka po dun sa kanilang pinopropose na bill na ipasok sa Kongreso ay kasama na po ‘yan,” De Grano said.

[Translation: This could happen because we spoke with a group of nurses and when we did, it was mentioned that this is what could possibly be done and maybe on their proposed bill in Congress, this will be included.]

According to the PHAPi president, almost 40% of nurses in private hospitals had left their posts even before the pandemic hit.

Siguro po ngayon, may additional na mga 10% pa na nagresign na, at ‘yung iba nakaalis na, ‘yung iba naman po ay nagbabalak na mag-abroad,” he said.

[Translation: Maybe now, there’s an additional 10% who have already resigned. Others left already while some are planning to go abroad.]

If this continues, PHAPi said the time will come that they will run out of nurses who will assist patients.

Despite this, the private hospitals group assured the public that they will remain operational amidst the rising COVID-19 cases and attend to patients with other conditions as well.

Ang limitasyon na lang po ng mga hospital ay kapag dumating na ang point na kulang na ang ating mga healthcare workers, lalo na po ang mga nurses,” De Grano noted. “‘Pag dumating po sa punto na sobrang dami ng mga pasyente…magkakaroon po ng problema sa pagmamanage po ng ating mga pasyente.”

[Translation: The limitation of hospitals would be when a point comes that there is scarcity in our healthcare workers, especially nurses. If the time comes that there are a lot of patients, there would be a problem in managing them.]