The 11 hospitals operated by the Negros Occidental provincial government lack 1,335 personnel due to the upgrading of bed capacity and the large number of patients, Leonardo Eusebio, Hospital Operations Department head, said yesterday.
The additional hospital personnel needed are 163 doctors, 372 nurses, 252 nursing attendants/midwives, 74 medical technologists, 52 pharmacist, 39 radiologic technologists, 13 nutrition and dietetics technologists, one dentist, 28 social welfare officers, and 341 administrativesupport staff, he said.
There are 2,211 required personnel and the existing personnel are only 876, short by 1,335. The list does not include casuals.
The total bed capacity of the 11 hospitals is 430, but actual occupancy is 754, Eusebio said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. wants to fill the posts, but budget officer Jose Percival Salado is still ensuring that the provincial government does not exceed the allowable amount to be allocated for salaries annually, he said.
If the provincial government allocates salaries for personnel services beyond the allowable amount, the budget of the province will be disallowed by the Department of Budget and Management, Eusebio said.
Eusebio said the governor recently signed papers for the hiring and promotion of 20 doctors.
New documentary requirements of the Civil Service Commission have also been delaying hiring and promotions, he added.
The shortfall of personnel per hospital are: Teresita L.Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City – 276, Cadiz DistrictHospital in Cadiz City– 181, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City - 276;
Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City – 57, Vicente Gustilo District Hospital in Escalante City - 117, Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid town - 67, Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial Hospital in La Carlota City – 82;
Ignacio L. Arroyo Memorial District Hospital in Isabela town- 111, Calatrava District Hospital in Calatrava town - 48, Eleuterio T.Decena Memorial Hospital in Hinoba-an town – 32, and MerceditasMontilla District Hospital in Sipalay– 88.
Eusebio said that perhaps, the posts for the 1,335 additional personnel can be filed over a 5-year period.*CPG
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