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Tanggal benepisyo, binatikos ng mga empleyado ng NKTI

Isang protesta sa harapan ng ospital ang ikinasa ng mga empleyado ng National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTIEA)-Alliance of Health Workers bilang tugon sa ginawang pagtanggal sa kanilang mga benepisyo simula noong Setyembre 13.

Ayon sa NKTIEA, inalis ng management ang rice and groceries subsidy na dekada na nilang natatamasa. Gayundin ay binawasan ang Philhealth Sharing Benefit mula P30,000 noong 2018 ay ginawa na lamang itong P12,000 ngayong taon. Naniniwala sila na ang pagtatanggal at pagbawas ng mga benepisyo ay pag-atake sa kanilang kabuhayan bilang mga manggagawang pangkalusugan.

Dagdag nila, napakalaki ang kinikita ng ospital dahil ito ay halos pribadisado na samantalang kakarampot naman ang kanilang sahod kumpara sa pagtaas ng mga presyo ng bilihin at serbisyo. (Music: News Background Bidyo ni: Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Health Workers commemorate national health day

Public health workers trooped to the Department of Health headquarters in downtown Manila May 7 to commemorate National Health Workers’ Day with a protest rally.

Calling for free health service for the people and increased salaries, the workers slammed the Rodrigo Duterte regime for implementing contractualization in the health sector.

Health workers protest vs TRAIN law

The Alliance of Health Workers held a protest action in front of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute last April 26 to protest the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

The protesters revealed that the so-called tax reform law has increased health care expenses for Filipinos and must be scrapped as anti-health and anti-people.

They also demanded a higher budget for health services.

Health workers condemn killing of 3rd barrio doctor

Health workers in Manila held a rally in front of the Philippine General Hospital Thursday to condemn the killing of Doctor George Repique Jr., the third “doctor to the barrios” killed under the Rodrigo Duterte government.

Repique, Cavite province health officer, was killed by gunmen on board a motorcycle last July 12 in Trece Martirez City.

The protesters said the murder of Rapique further endanger the few doctors who serve in poor communities around the country,

They called on the Duterte government to stop the killings and serve justice for the victim. Read more

Health workers prescribe pursuance of peace talks for better health service

Members of the Alliance of Health Workers held a rally in front of the Philippine Heart Center last Friday to express support for the fourth round of formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The group said a comprehensive agreement on socio-economic reforms would ensure better health service for the Filipinos.

They also called on both the GRP and the NDFP to increase the salaries and benefits of health workers.

The rally was supported by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. Read more

Incoming DSWD secretary joins Barikadang Bayan at Fabella Hospital

Incoming Department of Social Work and Development secretary Judy Taguiwalo spoke at the Barikadang Bayan opposing the closure of Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital today.

Taguiwalo said people should continue supporting the campaign to save the hospital as it serves poor women.

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Health workers press opposition to Fabella “transfer”

Medical professionals held another protest rally last May 26 against the so-called transfer of the Fabella Memorial Hospital from its current location to the Department of Health compound later this year.

Alliance of Health Workers members expressed fears that the hospital may go the way of other public hospitals that ask for payment for every service it renders. Read more

Health workers vow to block Fabella’s closure

Health workers and urban poor residents protested at the gates of the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in downtown Manila today to denounce its impending closure by the Benigno Aquino government on June 9.

Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) members said that as many as 2,000 patients per day, including hundreds of mostly poor birthing mothers, will lose free medical services offered by the 700-bed hospital when it closes. Read more

Health workers decry low wages, privatization of public hospitals under Aquino

Rank and file public health workers protested in front of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute last March 23 to condemn the Benigno Aquino government for its “anti-poor” policies in the health sector.

Members of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) said Aquino’s Salary Standardization program only aims to keep ordinary health workers poor through a measly and staggered wage increase.

They also condemned the “unabated” privatization of public hospitals and the services these institutions offer to the poor.

They said President Aquino has betrayed the interests of poor patients by worsening the state of health institutions in his more than five years in office.

AHW is pressing for a monthly national minimum wage of PhP16,000 for Salary Grade 1 workers and substantial budget increase for public health.