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May 6, 2016 by bm_admin

Bayan Muna slams imminent closure of Fabella Hospital

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate today slammed the Aquino administration’s imminent  closure of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital Medical Center, branding the move as “akin to further strangulation of the country’s maternity health care system.”   

"The pending closure of the Fabella Hospital, a national, major public maternity institution,  is a clear violation of our people’s the right to health, particularly of the indigent patients.  It is another painful blow to our poor people who are already suffering the brunt of our already dismal and inadequate public health care system," Rep. Zarate said, as he joined health care workers protest rally at Mendiola Friday morning.

"Talagang walang puso ang gobyernong ito para sa mahihirap. Hanggang sa huling sandali ng kanyang administrasyon pinapakita ni Pres. Aquino na ang pagkalinga ng ating mga mahihirap na mamamayan ay hindi nito prayoridad,” Rep. Zarate said.

He said that in the past years, the Aquino administration even “allowed the further deterioration of Fabella despite the dire need of our poor pregnant mothers for free healthcare.”   

“The deterioration of Fabella and other hospitals is done on purpose: it intends to pull the plug on public services," Rep. Zarate stressed.

Last Thursday, Rep. Zarate and fellow Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares filed House Bill 2699 for the House Committee on Health to conduct an inquiry on the imminent transfer and abolition of Fabella Hospital, which may result into the disruption of health services to patients in the country's prime maternity hospital.

The hospital caters to at least 2,000 daily patients of mostly mothers and babies.  Meanwhile, some 1,000 doctors, nurses and health workers will also be affected by the closure of Fabella, Rep. Zarate noted.

"Where would these mothers and their children go if Fabella closes down? Existing hospitals, cramped as they are, have no capacity to take in the inrush of expectant mothers. This is tantamount to a violation of the right to health, of no less than vulnerable women and children," Rep Zarate added.

Fabella’s closure, the progressive solon added, is part of the Aquino administration's thrust to privatize healthcare.

"The privatizations of the Philippine Orthopaedic Hospital, and,  now the imminent abolition of Fabella, are proof of the Aquino government's thrust to abandon its duty of providing health services,” he said.

“Privatization is one of the Aquino government’s anti-people legacies and it is also mainly victimizing the poor,” Rep. Zarate said. He noted that more than 20 more major and regional hospitals  and health facilities are up for grabs by big private businesses in the “guise of modernizing and improving facilities and services.”  

“Like the already discredited mantra of  daang matuwid, our people should not be deluded  into believing that privatization will improve the sorry state of our healthcare system," Rep. Zarate said.

On the contrary, he said, privatization makes quality healthcare exclusive to those who can afford it.  “This policy should end with this already discredited administration. As healthcare is a basic human right,  dapat gawin itong serbisyo at hindi negosyo,"Rep. Zarate ended.

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