“There are 7,107 public health nurses ang nangangambang mawalan ng trabaho sa susunod na taon. Kasing dami ng mga isla sa ating kapuluan,” Recto said. “It is a kind of hospital discharge that is the most unkind.” “We have to do this because the health professional deployment and dispersal program is one of the lynchpins of the Universal Health Care program,” he said. “Thus, the UHC should be launched with a great leap forward in the number of doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, medical technologists and other health workers to unserved and underserved, poor and far-flung areas.”/PN The proposed total DOH budget for 2020 includes 1 attached agency; and subsidy to 1 corporation, 4 specialty hospitals and to PhilHealth is P160.15 billion – still P9.3 billion lower than this year’s P169.45 billion. There is, however, a pledged augmentation of P7 billion from the MPBF. Adding the two will bring to P9.45 billion the possible funding for HRHDP. “Possible,” because the release is subject to conditions, and not automatic. “Upang mapigilan ang pinakamalaking health sector endo sa kasaysayan and to retain 26,389 health workers; kailangan itaas to P16 billion ang pondo ng HRHDP (Resource for Health Deployment Program) para sa 2020,” he added. The P2.45 billion under the DOH budget will only cover the continued employment of 3,854 nurses, out of the 17,293 deployed this year. Add the 6,322 nurses to be funded by MPBF and the potential total comes up to 10,186 hired and rehired in 2020. One of the major programs to be severely affected by the budget cut is the Human Resource for Health Deployment Program or HRHDP, where only a measly P2.45 billion is proposed, a deep P6.05 billion cut from last year. “Hindi lang nurses. Wipeout din ang ilang dentista, from the current 202 to zero next year. Maraming mga rural health units ang magiging bungal sa pagbunot sa serbisyo ng kanilang mga dentisa,” Recto said. “More than 7,000 public health nurses may are in danger of losing their jobs due to looming cuts in the budget of the Department of Health,” says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto. MANILA – Over 7,000 public health nurses are stand to lose their jobs with the proposed P9.39 billion cut in the budget of the Department of Health (DOH), Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “Ganun din sa mga medical technologists, mula sa 597 na kasalukuyang naka-deploy to zero in 2020,” he added. “Lahat-lahat, tinataya ng DOH na 10,921 na health personnel who are currently employed by the program ang masisisante sa 2020.” Recto cautioned on Thursday that if the diminishing of budget – from P97.65 billion this year to P88.26 billion next year—will not be reversed, it will turned into an archipelago of dismissed nurses.