TACLOBAN CITY, Sept. 4 (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the chief of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) to resolve issues raised by employees against the management.
DOH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Minerva P. Molon has ordered the officer in charge Aileen R. Espina to submit comments regarding an unsigned complaint letter from the concerned employees of the regional hospital.
The complaint letter of concerned employees dated July 7, was said to be the distress call of EVRMC employees who alleged that they had been “under pressure, stress, fear, and bullying of their hospital chief.”
Included in the abuse of discretion and harassment allegedly committed by Espina are demoralization, embarrassment, unfair and unjust treatment in availment of medical benefits.
In an anonymous letter, aside from abuse of discretion, concerned employees also requested the DOH regional office to look into alleged anomalous transactions entered into by Espina.
Complainants further requested for a change in management from an officer-in-charge to a “capable” chief administrative officer.
Recently, Espina submitted comments to the allegations hurled against her, heeding orders from Molon.
The hospital official said “the unsigned letter is full of malicious lies and unsubstantiated allegations with the sole intent of casting doubt against her, if not to ruin her person and integrity as a means to prevent her from instituting the needed reforms at the EVRMC.”
Although Espina believed that the letter deserved no attention, but since she had been tasked by the office of the regional director to reply, she submitted the response in an attempt to enlighten the DOH regional chief on the issues raised.
Espina reiterated that claims made by the letter sender were mere “gripes of a small minority of people who are resisting the change that the EVRMC is currently undergoing in its quest to be internationally accredited hospital that complies with the government standards.”
”The move are ploys to side track the implementation of office systems improvements that will require them to be efficient and productive healthcare workers from their current state of inefficient and wasteful ways,” she explained
Despite complaints, Espina, would like to “extend the hand of peace and reconciliation” to the letter senders “to come forward and be part of management’s efforts.” (PNA)
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