BULATLAT SPECIAL REPORT:
“The issue of privatization in health entered national consciousness, and became part of national discourse.”
They may have stopped the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, but the fight is not yet over.
“The Aquino administration has never increased our salaries, and worse, the number of contractual health workers increased.”
Health workers from various regions joined the protest against the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, and for wage hikes.
Employees and patients of the Philippine Orthopedic Center ask Health Secretary Janette Garin to stay true to her word that she will block the private takeover of the hospital.
“This hospital has been serving the poor for the past 70 years. If this hospital will be privatized, where will these poor patients go?”
“We call on all health workers and the Filipino people to continue the tradition of militancy that brought us the gains and victories in our fight for jobs, salaries and rights. Let us continue the struggle toward a just, healthy and sovereign society.”
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“We should not keep silent on this issue (of privatization) because health is a people’s right.” – Dr. Eleonor Jara, convenor of No to Privatization of Public Hospitals
“We hope our SC justices will open their minds and hearts to the difficulties and hardships of poor patients who are being victimized by privatization and other anti-health policies.” Alliance of Health Workers
Petitioners say the Supreme Court has the perfect opportunity here to give life to state’s constitutional mandate to promote the people’s right to health through the accessibility of affordable health care.
“The government’s privatization programs are allowing private investors to rake in profit out of people’s illnesses.” — Alliance of Health Workers