Taguig hospital fires 46 nurses for ‘liking’ Facebook status

FOLLOWING reports on alleged dismissal of 46 nurses in Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, Makabayan senatorial bet Teddy Casiño filed a resolution in the House of Representatives for an inquiry on the case.

House Resolution No. 2820 directs the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the dismissal of 46 nurses in Taguig-Pateros district hospital and its implication on other contractual nurses in the country.

The 46 nurses were dismissed by the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital on August 16, 2012, allegedly after posting “likes” in a Facebook post of a volunteer-doctor. News reports reveal that the 46 nurses were just issued termination letters and were not given certificates of employment.

“Naka-TRO nga ang Cybercrime law pero ito parang daig pa yun. Tanggal ka kagad. Kawawa naman ang mga nurse. Even if the nurses are contractual, they should be accorded due process for them to answer the charges and complaints against them.  Whether the 46 nurses committed errors and infractions could have been established through an impartial investigation,” Casiño said.

Casiño cited that there are tens of thousands contractual nurses serving in public and private hospitals, including the estimated 20,000 contractual nurses hired in 2011 by the Department of Health under the RN HEALS program.

“The case of the 46 nurses will have some impact on the morale and dignity of nurses and eventually on the health service-provision function of nurses. The case could set an improper and dangerous precedent on the working conditions of nurses especially among the contractuals, be in public or private hospitals,” said Casiño.

The House Resolution was co-authored by Representatives Neri Javier Comenares of Bayan Muna Party-list, Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis Party-list, Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women’s Party, and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party.

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