Nurses “Mass Resignation”: PNA Pleads to Halt Plan Amid Health Crisis

PNA Appeals to Nurses to Stop Mass Resignation Plans Amid the Health Crisis

The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) appeals to Filipino nurses to stop the mass resignation plans amid the health crisis due to low compensation.

Several nurses and healthcare workers have threatened a “mass resignation” if the Department of Health (DOH) does not grant them a “special risk allowance.” Nurses, particularly at private hospitals, would now be aware of the potential of mass resignation, according to Filipino Nurses United (FNU) president Maristela Abenojar, because such perks were not issued last year.

This is the P5,000 per month special risk allowance (SRA) for medical frontliners set forth in the Bayanihan Law. In addition, private nurses and nurses in public hospitals demanded that they be paid P3,000 per month for an active hazard duty day.

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Meanwhile, the PNA is not encouraging Filipino nurses to seek mass resignations as a result of the country’s mounting cases of contagious disease. However, the organization stated that it cannot be held responsible for the medical frontline workers who have yet to receive the benefits promised by the government.

“As much as possible talaga, hindi nga namin gustong ine-encourage yung ating mga nurses na gawin yan ano, pero we sympathize with them. Naiintindihan namin bakit nila gagawin niya yan e, hindi namin sila pipigilan either sapagkat, siguro nga panahon na talaga para malaman ng ating kinauukulan na it’s time na pahalagahan natin yung ating mga nurses at iba pang health workers,” said PNA National President Melbert Reyes.

According to Reyes, health professionals are unaware of the government’s gratitude and concern for their efforts in the fight against deadly illness. Despite their hard labor, nurses’ salary is quite limited, according to Reyes.

“Tingnan niyo naman, yung ayuda kapag binigay walang problema, walang komplikasyon pero yung mga health workers natin di ba, P5,000 hahatiin pa, P200 per day. Ganon ba natin tinitingnan yung ating mga health workers, gano’n lang po ba yung value nila?” he added.

Benefits for health employees have been downloaded to private institutions for a long time, according to Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III. They should inquire of the hospital’s management, said Duque.

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