Camille Villar elated by House approval of Las Piñas hospital upgrade

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Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar has welcomed the House of Representatives’ approval on third and final reading of a bill seeking to increase the bed capacity of the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGHSTC).

Villar said public hospitals need to be equipped with adequate resources and manpower and increase their bed capacity to accommodate more patients.

“The increase in the bed capacity will aid in addressing the mandate that all Filipino patients accommodated in government hospitals will be provided with the necessary hospital services, which is within the spirit of the enactment of the Universal Health Car Act,” she said in the explanatory note of House Bill 3314.

The bill seeks to increase by more than half the bed capacity of the LPGHSTC to 500 beds from the current 200.

If signed into law, the existing service facilities and professional health care services will also be upgraded commensurate to the increased bed capacity. Workforce which includes doctors, nurses and other health practitioners and support staff shall be correspondingly increased.

The LPGHSTC was established in 1977 as the Las Piñas Emergency Hospital as an out-patient clinic and was the lone state-run hospital in the south of Metro Manila. In 1984, it was renamed as the Las Piñas District Hospital.