Number of nurses resigning at St. Luke’s 'not at alarming levels’

Published August 27, 2021, 12:19 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

St. Luke’s Medical Center (Photo from SLMC)

The St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) clarified on Friday, Aug. 27, that the number of resignations among its healthcare workers “is not at alarming levels.”

The SLMC issued the clarification after one of its official said in an interview that the hospital is facing manpower problems following the resignation of some of its health workers.

“St. Luke’s Medical Center would like to clarify that the number of nurses resigning is not at alarming levels as earlier reported,” the SLMC said in a statement.

“Even before the pandemic, we have been continuously hiring and training nurses for both hospitals to ensure that any resignation will be immediately addressed,” it added.

Dr. Benjamin Campomanes, executive vice president and chief medical officer of SLMC, said the hospital is having problems with its manpower following the resignation of some of their nurses.

“Workforce is the problem now. I’ll give you an example. From an original 66 nurses in the emergency room in [Bonifacio] Global [City], we are now down with only 43,” Campomanes said in an interview over TeleRadyo on Aug. 26.

“Talagang nagbawas ng tao (The manpower was reduced). The reason for that is resignations. Maraming pumunta na sa ibang bansa (Many have gone abroad),” Campomanes explained.

Aside from the resignations, some of the nurses are under quarantine after either testing positive for COVID-19 or exposed to infected patients, he added.

The SLMC assured the public that it is “fully prepared to realign its workforce with the current demands to prevent any disruption of hospital services and patient care.”