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doh urged to reconsider termination of nurse volunteer program

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will ask the Dept. of health to reconsider its decision to terminate all nurse volunteer and training programs saying it will adversely affect health care services in hospitals in the city.
“Volunteer nurses play a vital role in a hospital setting that caters to hundreds of people since they are of big help and assistance especially during disasters and outbreaks when public hospitals are in dire need of manpower and staff,” the city council noted in approving Resolution No. 375 series of 2011.
The resolution authored by Councilor Edison Bilog noted that the stoppage of the volunteer program for nurses has affected hospitals in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) particularly the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) and several DOH-retained hospitals such as Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Mt. Province and Conner District Hospital and Far North Hospital and Training Center in Apayao.
“In BGHMC alone, close to 1,000 volunteers have been affected (and) for a public hospital like BGHMC which is servicing hundreds of patients a day, removing and terminating volunteer nurses is like crippling and disabling their services to the public,” the measure stressed.
The DOH issued Memorandum No. 2011-0238 terminating all “Nurse Volunteer Programs,” “Volunteer Training Programs for Nurses” and all similar or related programs in all DOH-retained hospitals in the Philippines.
“As per Republic Act No. 9418, also known as the Volunteer Act of 2007, the current practice of registered nurses “volunteering” in hospitals to gain necessary work experience and/or to obtain a certificate of work experience for purposes of meeting the requirements for local and foreign employment is inconsistent with the said law,” the resolution said.
The body said the DOH should reconsider the move for the sake of the people needing health care services nationwide. - A Refuerzo

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