Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he hopes he can convince doctors at the provincial government hospitals to work three days a week and not two as they are requesting.
“We’re listening to them, but I’m hoping they see it also from my concern,” he said
Lacson said every government employee should render 40 hours per week service.
“The doctors at the provincial government hospitals are asking to work 24-hour straight shifts for two days and spend the rest of the week in private practice, and I’m really not comfortable with that,” he said.
The governor said he is proposing that the doctors work three days a week for 12 hours each for two days and 16 hours for one day.
Lacson said in the future when the provincial government hires doctors, they will make it clear that they will have to work at least three days a week.
Hiring doctors retrenched from the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital could be an option but he hopes they do not reach that point, Lacson said.
If the doctors at the provincial government hospitals do not budge, he said they will cross the bridge when the situation arises.*
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