Cebu Doctor Laments Termination of Hundreds of Doctors & Nurses Working All Over Cebu Province


A Cebu-based physician couldn't control his emotions as he lamented on the alleged termination of hundreds of Doctos, Nurses, Midwifes and other Health Care professionals working all over the Province of Cebu, starting July 1, 2019, the first full day of newly-elected Governor Gwen Garcia.


According to medical practitioner Matthew Joseph T. Po, it is indeed a sad day for all Cebuanos for the reasons that over the weekend, hundreds of doctors and nurses working in public hospitals all over Cebu were terminated from their jobs.



The termination was done without a 30-day prior notice. Special units were closed due to lack of manpower, wards and ERs left understaffed, hundreds of patients left to be attended by just a handful of healthcare professionals.

The former Cebu Institute of Medicine student, Matthew Joseph Po felt disappointed with the present situations of the all government hospitals operated by the Province of Cebu, particularly the Provincial and District Hospitals that is considered as the only institution that the poor badly needed in terms of health care services.

He also noted that in the Philippines we live in a country were the healthcare professionals were underpaid, overworked, and undervalued. Sleepless nights, overburdened hours, and years of study don't seem to matter at all.

A concerned netizen even commented to his viral post that it is indeed a sad results of politics in the Philippines that even the health care services were affected once a new administration will take over the Province.



Read the Complete Statement of Matthew Joseph T. Po:

**Warning. Long post ahead. Most will probably not be bothered to read even half of this, but I felt the need to express myself regardless.**

Today is a sad day for Cebuanos.

Over the weekend, hundreds of doctors and nurses working in public hospitals all over Cebu were terminated from their jobs. This was done without a 30-day prior notice. Special units were closed due to lack of manpower, wards and ERs left understaffed, hundreds of patients left to be attended by just a handful of healthcare professionals.

I honestly never imagined myself working in a government hospital. But I have no regrets with my decision. I've met some of the most handworking nurses, midwives, doctors, and other allied health staff there. Despite the immense patient load, I was able to my job because the staff all helped each other. And that is why, despite me wanting this post to be calm, I cannot help but be a bit emotional about all this.

It hurt me to see these wonderful people crying. It hurt to see them lose their jobs while they had families to support. It hurts to see that healthcare professionals are so undervalued and unappreciated in this country.



This is the first time I had to witness the devastation caused by politics with my own eyes. Before, I always knew and heard of bad political practices but it was all just abstract. This felt too real and was so tangible. It hit home. Hard.

My heart goes out to the good people who lost their jobs, I hope you find better opportunities for yourself and for your families. Leave the country if you must. No one can blame you for it. Just like a toxic relationship, no matter how much you love your country, when it just doesn't value you, what choice do you have left?

We live in a country where we are underpaid, overworked, and undervalued. Sleepless nights, overburdened hours, and years of study don't seem to matter because we seem to be a nation that is too quick to forget. We forget the sins of of ruling families that made people suffer under for so many years.

We forget that we rallied to impeach corrupt politicians not so many years ago, and then re-elect the same officials as if nothing happened. We forget when someone steals billions from the nation when we see them doing some dance on a TV ad.



We forget how much healthcare professionals sacrifice just to help people the best they can. We forget that these doctors and nurses are human beings, too.

Philipines politics and healthcare just don't mix well together. This whole situation is so disheartening, and ironically in the end, the people who will suffer the most are very people who elected the ones responsible for this tragedy.

And to those responsible, I'd say shame on you but we know that you have no shame. Humanity at its worst and most disgusting. Not a fictional dark lord with a magical ring, not a space alien with Infinity Stones, not a mad dragon queen, but real and true evil.

#RIPpublichealthcare #bringbackthestaff #GG



Source: Matthew Joseph T. Po


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