Tags: National Center for Mental Health (NCMH)

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – The privatization of public hospitals has been going on since the regime of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. The different administrations had different names for it: public-private partnerships, corporatization, user’s service fee schemes, revenue enhancement programs, outsourcing or outright sale. Health groups said privatization has been the…

Around 6,340 living-in patients, 56,000 out-patients, 1,713 health workers, and 20,000 residents will be affected by the planned sale of Welfareville, aside from the promotion of preventive mental health care, in the name of Public-Private Partnership projects.

“In the end, this planned sale of Welfareville may just diminish the public mental health services into mere psychiatric desks in various hospitals, or the mental hospital may end up privatized.” – Rey Quinto, employee of National Center for Mental Health

Filipino domestic helpers are jumping off buildings and houses to escape their employers and the war in Lebanon. But coming home to joblessness and poverty only pushes back overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to again work abroad, even if it means going to another dangerous country. BY AUBREY SC MAKILAN Bulatlat.com Christine Hadjirudin, 22, a native…