MANILA, Philippines – St. Luke Medical Center (SLMC) is facing manpower issues following the resignation of a number of health workers, a facility official said on Thursday.
“The workforce is the problem now. I’m going to give you an example. From an original of 66 nurses in the emergency room [Bonifacio] Global [City]we’re down to 43, ”said Benjamin Campomanes Jr., executive vice president and medical director of SLMC, in an interview on ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
“Talagang nagbawas ng tao (The workforce has been reduced). The reason is the resignations. Maraming pumunta na sa ibang bansa (Many of them are now abroad), ”he added.
Aside from the resignations, Campomanes said some of the nurses are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 patients.
On Wednesday, SLMC said the hospital’s COVID-19 departments and intensive care units were operating at full capacity. He added that there were also critically ill patients awaiting urgent admission to the emergency department.
Posted by St. Luke’s Medical Center on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Campomanes said full capacity status was for both the Taguig and Quezon City branches of the hospital.
“Given the current situation, we are asking those showing symptoms of COVID-19 to seek immediate care from other health facilities for now,” SLMC added.
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