SEN. BONG GO’S STATEMENT ON ADDRESSING THE SHORTAGE IN LOCAL HEALTH WORKFORCE

RE: To address the shortage in local health workforce, health Sec Herbosa said that nursing graduates who earned a 70 to 74 percent rating in the Nursing Board Exam will be utilized as an additional workforce in the healthcare system. He said labor Sec Laguesma has agreed on his idea and will talk to PRC to grant a temporary license to this category of nurses. However, unlicensed nurses will only be given limited tasks in government health facilities to ensure the safety of patients.

STATEMENT OF SEN. BONG GO: Sang-ayon naman ako sa rekomendasyon na mabigyan ng temporary license ang iilang mga nursing graduates kahit hindi sila technically nakapasa pa ng board exams. Makakadagdag ito sa ating healthcare workforce, mabibigyan sila ng trabaho, at mas rarami ang pwedeng rumesponde sa pangangailangang pangkalusugan ng mga Pilipino.

Pero dapat pag-aralan ito ng mabuti dahil buhay rin ang nakasalalay dito. Para sa akin, ang mga tungkulin na ibibigay sa kanila ay angkop lang dapat sa kanilang kakayahan at kaalaman, at hindi pantay sa mga tunay na licensed nurses.

I urge the DOH to thoroughly study the proposal because we have existing laws and regulations to follow that are meant to uphold professional standards and protect the lives, safety and well-being of our people.

This is a viable temporary solution to meet the country’s health needs. But as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, our goal must be to continue improving medical education in the country to ensure enough number of qualified healthcare professionals.

That is why I filed the Advanced Nursing Education bill so we can have the capacity to further catapult our nurses to realize greater opportunities through the opening up of leadership roles, specialization in specific practice areas, and recognition in the fields of research and advanced nursing education. If enacted, the basic nursing education will also be improved by integrating community integration and immersion in the curriculum to encourage them to work in the local nursing community.

Ang pinakamahalaga dito ay itaas natin ang antas ng nursing profession sa bansa para makapagbigay ng dekalidad, abot-kaya at sapat na serbisyong medikal sa mga kababayan natin, lalo na ang mga mahihirap at walang ibang matatakbuhan kundi ang gobyerno.