Hospital Workers Aired Opposition Towards DOH’s Proposed ‘Singular Allowance’ for Health Employees
Hospital workers have rejected the proposal of Department of Health for a “singular allowance” for the medical frontliners.
St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City Employees Union lambasted the health department’s proposal for a “singular allowance,” the amount of which will be based on hospital employee’s risk exposure to COVID-19 patients.
The hospital Union secretary Benjie Foscalbo expressed the support of the group to Senate Bills 2371, 2398, and 2406 seeking universally accord benefits for healthcare workers serving the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The bills seek to provide more inclusive benefits system for the healthcare workers in both public and private hospitals. The medical employees should reserve monthly risk allowances and actual hazard duty pay whether they have direct or indirect exposure to COVID-19 patients.
DOH’s proposed singular allowance plans to pay health workers with P3, 000 for low-risk exposure, P6, 000 for medium risk exposure, and P9, 000 for high risk exposure, according to Foscalbo.
DOH categorized the hospital employee performing administrative duties in non-public areas as “Low Risk”, staff working at suspected or non-COVID-19 patients as “Medium Risk”, and workers taking care of COVID-patients as “High Risk”.
The private hospital’s workers’ union has also released their proposed measure for healthcare employees.
Here is the proposal:
- Special risk allowance (SRA) of P5, 000 per month to workers assigned at COVID unit and actual hazard duty pay of P3, 000 per month to those who are not assigned in COVID unit.
- Free hospitalization and medical benefits for frontliners and their family members.
- Paid quarantine leaves, health consultations and free vitamins.
- Tax Exemption
- Mandatory test every 15 days
- Mandatory 30 minutes meal break in between shifts and standard work of eight hours per day
- No forced overtime
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