The St. Luke’s Medical Center Employees Association (SLMCEA) on Thursday, Oct. 21, sounded the alarm over mass resignation of health workers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, SLMCEA President Jao Clumia said the delay in the release of health workers’ allowance, such as meal and transportation allowance (MAT) and special risk allowance (SRA), contributed to the mass resignation of health workers.
“Meron naman po kaming natanggap, sumunod naman po ang aming management. Pero sa sinasabi nilang MAT ang life insurance, wala pa rin po. Yung mga COVID compensation namin, iilan pa lang ang nakakatanggap, napakadami pang [wala] (We received some from our management. But we still haven’t received our MAT and life insurance. There are very few health workers who received their COVID compensations. There are a lot who haven’t received theirs yet),” Clumia lamented.
“Hanggang ngayon wala pa ring natatanggap ang health workers sa private, hindi lang po St. Luke’s yung pinag-uusapan dito, buong bansa po yan (Until now many health workers from private hospitals still haven’t received their benefits, we’re not just talking about health workers from St. Luke’s, but health workers in the whole country),” he added.
Clumia said they are currently in talks with the Department of Health (DOH) and holding protests to appeal for their allowance.
“Sinasabi namin sa mga nurse na wag muna silang mag-resign dahil meron pa tayong mga inaantay pa na mga benepisyo na nakapaloob doon sa Bayanihan 2 na hindi pa nabibigay ng DOH (We’re are telling nurses not to resign yet because we still have pending benefits from the DOH that have not been provided),” he continued.
Clumia said about 230 nurses of its Quezon City branch have resigned since January 2021.
Meanwhile, according to Filipino Nurses United, 3,000 nurses resigned since September 2021.