MANILA - All nurses, whether in the public or private sector, should receive P30,000 entry-level salary, a group said Thursday.
This after the Supreme Court ruled that government nurses should have a minimum base pay of not lower than Salary Grade 15 or P30,531 based on Section 32 of the Philippine Nursing Act.
The group called for the passage of House Bill 3478, filed by the Makabayan bloc, which seeks to upgrade the nurses' salary as provided in the law.
"Kami po ay naninindigan na kung nais itaas ang sahod ng ating nurses ay sana wag iwanan ang private sector," Filipino Nurses United president Maristela Presto-Abenojar told radio DZMM.
(We maintain that should the salary of public nurses be increased, so should the private sector's.)
"Dapat po ang ating pamahalaan ay kalingain ang ating nurses.
Ang mga nagbibigay ng kalinga sa ibang tao ay dapat lamang kalingain din ngayon."
(Our government should take care of our nurses. Those who care for others should now be cared for.)
Abenojar said most private nurses receive a salary of P8,000 to P10,000, below the minimum wage, which drives them to seek opportunities abroad.
"Hindi siya commensurate sa workload. Ang workload ng nurses natin ay more than dun sa standard na sinet ng ating Department of Health na 1 nurse to 20 patients," she said.
(It's not commensurate to the workload. The workload of nurses are more than the standard set by the Dpeartment of health that is 1 nurse to 20 patients.)
"Ang mga nurses po natin ngayon hinahawakan na pasyente kada shift ay nasa 30 to 50. Meron po tayo sa mga probinsiya na 1 nurse sa isang ospital kada 12-hour shift."
(Our nurses currently handle 30 to 50 patients per shift. In the province, there's an instance where 1 nurse handles a whole hospital in a 12-hour shift.
Abenojar said nurses are considering staging a protest to push for their advocacy.
"Gusto po nilang ipakita ang halaga ng aming contribution sa nation development dahil more than 50 percent ng health human resources natin ay mga nurses," she said.
(They want to show our contribution to the nationa development because more than 50 percent of the country's health human resources are nurses.)