The Department of Health (DOH) has assured that nurses won’t lose their job, contrary to what a party-list claims.
According to DOH Director Ken Ronquillo, the data revealed by Ang Nars Party-list is “not true,” questioning the said group’s source on claims that about 12,000 nurses will be jobless this year because of budget shortage.
“Can we ask Ang Nars Party-list the source of the 12,000 nurses? Kasi baka newly licensed nurses na nag-accumulate ‘yan. Hindi naman po taun-taon na may dagdag positions for nurses both in the government and private health sector,” Ronquillo said.
In a statement, Ang Nars Party-list also disclosed that there are 5,000 nurses who went unemployed for the past months.
Ronquillo, however, refuted the claim, saying a decrease of only 1,379 nurses was recorded.
“I do not know the source of Ang Nars Party-list. But if the reference is on the DOH Deployment Program — we have a decrease of 1,379 from 2017. From 20,309 in 2017 to 18,930 in 2018. These nurses are categorized into Public Health Associates that do health data collection and analysis; Family Health Associates for mother and child health; and nurses doing general public health nursing,” the Director shared. “The decrease in number is due to the increase in salaries following tranche 3 of the salary standardization law using the same budget allocated for the program. Meaning, there was no increase in budget so adjustments were made to appropriate increase in salaries.”
“Another reason for the decrease in number is for DOH to accommodate LGU requests for other professions needed like nutritionist-dieticians, medical technologists, pharmacists, midwives, dentists,” he added.