Group to stage protest rally at DOH vs privatization of public hospitals

MEMBERS of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) will launch a protest actions at the Department of Health along Rizal Avenue in Manila in lightning rally today.

Militants to protest against the planned privatization of public hospitals which they say would lead to more fatalities of more indigent patients. The group will bring with them a funeral wreath, a symbol of the agency’s intention to end the lives of the poor along with its privatization programs.

Last Nov 18, the DOH has issued invitation to qualify and to bid (ITB) for the Modenization of Philippine Orthopedic Center under Aquino’s Public-Private Partnership program.

After the protest, the group plans to stage a short program at the gates of San Lazaro Hospital and Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, which are among the public hospitals due to be privatized in the coming months.

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