DOH conducts probe of hospitals charging fees from trainee nurses

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday it is conducting its own investigation on some private hospitals nationwide charging trainee nurse fees.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said during a news briefing at the DOH Central Office they are already checking these hospitals asking exorbitant fees from trainee nurses.

“We are also asking the public’s cooperation by telling us which establishments are doing it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) called for a stop to the practice of charging fees to trainee or on-the-job-trainee (OJT) nurses in the wake of a Senate hearing.

Renato Magtubo, PM chairperson, attended the hearing and supported the position of nurses groups for an end to the “exploitation of hundreds of thousands of young registered nurses.”

Magtubo assailed the representatives of hospital owners for feigning ignorance or denying the reality of the charging of OJT fees on nurses.

He argued that “Instead of hospital owners challenging young nurses to file complaints, we instead call on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to make inspections of the hospitals and catch red-handed this pernicious and widespread practice.”

Magtubo is pushing for trainee nurses to be treated as probationary employees who are guaranteed minimum wages and other benefits plus the opportunity to become regular nurses after the maximum of six months temporary status. PNA

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