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Optimism is high for LCGH

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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405761_320546647967407_134237607_nCriticism cropped up last week against the management of the Laoag City General Hospital. Why? Because of a management decision. In an emergency dialogue between the LCGH top brass and all employees, it was agreed that  the regular monthly salaries of all LCGH contractual employees would be reduced by a few percent to cope with financial crisis. It may be called retrenchment or anything how you describe it.
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 No less than Mayor Chevylle Farinas had explained in a press interview that the current subsidy from the general fund of the city government for the hospital operation and maintenance had been stopped, thus, it will operate on its own resources through the proceeds earned by the hospital. “We, permanent employees,  are not affected by the ongoing salary reduction scheme because our salary rates are fixed by Civil Service rules, says one hospital employee. 
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For the contractual and co-terminus workers, all agreed to remain with their present job rather than to quit vis-a-vis the management’s “take it or leave it” stand. They did a wise decision. For any breadwinner who knows budgeting, any meager pay will suffice as long as they have a regular financial income to feed their family and send their kids to the schools. Nowadays, job opportunities here are scarce. If there are any in the new business sectors, the job contracts are short lived, say good for three months only, as told to this writer. For the lucky ones, they may be re-hired to their job. What if the waiting list is long?  
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The affected LCGH employees including the staff doctors and nurses knew the present predicament of the hospital. This 5-storey hospital was built through a multi-million-peso loan from the bank. It will celebrate its 2nd founding anniversary on Aug. 26, 2013.  The amortization alone is a big problem per se. Here,  understanding and sacrifice are paramount in the name of public service. The recent move to lower the hospital rates in the wards  and suites is laudable. It shows a positive impact, our sources say noting that more patients were now coming in for confinement and medical treatment.
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 At this point in time, it’s too premature to pre-judge the capabilities of Dr. Francis Dacuycuy, the new hospital administrator. However, the way he runs this medical facility, I may say that he has the gut and determination to manage it through thick and thin amid all odds. With the full support of  Dr. Robert Luzod as  chief of hospital, optimism is high that LCGH’s vision and mission would attain its goal in line with the government’s health care program.#(JUN R. GUIANG)

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