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Are LGU Hospitals and RHUs exempt from PS limitation?


White Flower

White flower

A major issue in devolved health facilities, e.g, devolved hospitals and Rural Health Units (RHUs),  concerns the personal services (PS) limitation being applied to them pursuant to Section 325 (a) of R.A 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.   This is invoked by majority of budget officers from the local government units (LGUs), thereby likewise limiting the capability of the local government units, in terms of health manpower requirements, to serve the health needs of constituents. Also, it is seemingly supported by some circular issued by Department of Budget and Management, e.g, Local Budget Circular no. 98, issued last October 14, 2011, which is a 180 degrees turn-around stand on the matter, in view of the previous favorable issuance, e.g, concerning public health workers (PHW) benefits under RA 7305, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, which exempts local health personnel from its coverage. (more…)

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Prayer to Hospital Owners


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Swimming at the pool

Oh, hospital owners, hear our prayer;

We, the regulatory officers, ought to inspect and monitor the following; the dietary preparation for patients in lieu of the foods and drinks offered to us, look into the manner of their accommodation instead of ours, see how they are welcomed in health facility more than our pompous welcome and to be compassionate to them more than to anybody else. (more…)

The JCAHO Patient Safety Standards


Cloudy Mayon

Cloudy Mayon and Patient safety

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization or JCAHO is one of the international accreditation bodies acknowledged as significant moving force behind  patient safety standards in hospitals. It accredits hospitals based on its prescribed standards.

A standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform technical criteria, methods, processes, and practices. It may be developed privately or unilaterally, for example by a corporation, regulatory body, accreditation body, others. The existence of a published standard does not imply that it is always useful or correct.

Those using the item or service should (more…)

Are Patients Safe in Hospitals?


Palanas, Masbate Beach

Patient safety at the Beach

Patient Safety in hospitals is the avoidance, prevention and amelioration of adverse outcome/injuries stemming from the process of health care (Institute of Medicine, 2000). It refers to actions undertaken by individuals and organizations to protect health care recipients from being harmed by effects of healthcare services.

In a much publicized Institute of Medicine Report in 1999, it reveals that at least “44,000” and possibly “as high as 98,000” die in US annually due to “medical errors”, which, if further validly verified, may already be considered to be the 8th leading cause of death in US.

The report made a major media splash and cries of shock and horror were heard from the (more…)