Not all government hospitals implement nurses’ pay hike – Defensor

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By Billy Begas

Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor on Thursday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to implement the increase in basic salaries of nurses in government hospitals.

Defensor made the appeal after learning that many nurses in Quezon City hospitals, including those working at the Veterans Medical Memorial Center (VMMC) have yet to receive their increase amounting to at least P3,025 a month.

He said the DOH should compel government hospitals to implement the June 1, 2021 memorandum of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea reversing the demotion of government nurses.

Defensor said the Medialdea memo upgraded the position and compensation of nursing personnel with several years of experience from Nurse 1 to Nurse II, and from Salary Grade (SG) 15 to SG 16.

He said Nurse II position occupants should now receive a basic monthly salary of P38,150 to P41,172 (SG 16) depending on length of service, while those with SG 15, which is the hiring rate for government nurses, should get P35,097.

“This means that most nurses in public hospitals, including those in local government units (LGUs) throughout the country, should be receiving additional compensation of P3,053 to P6,075 a month,” he added.

The basic salary of Nurse III is now P41,508 to P44,833 (SG 17), P49,835 to P55,268 (SG 19) for Nurse IV, P55,799 to P61,937 (SG 20) for Nurse V, P69,963 to P77,801 (SG 22) for Nurse VI, and P88,410 to P99,020 (SG 24) for Nurse VII.

He said hospitals and local government units (LGUs) that have not complied with the June memo of the Office of the President (OP) should start complying this month “since the government and LGUs are opening on new budgets.”

Defensor also stressed that nurses should be paid a salary differential for six months because the OP directive was effective June 1, 2021.

He admitted though that a number of government hospitals, including the National Kidney and Transplant Institute are already compliant with the increase.