Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nueva Ecija hospitals’ annual budget for 2011 slashed by P20-M

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija -- The budgets of 10 provincial government-run hospitals in Nueva Ecija were slashed by some P20 million in the proposed 2011 annual budget submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The proposed budget showed that the cuts will be implemented on Eduardo L. Joson Memorial Hospital (ELJMH), San Jose City General Hospital (SJCGH), Bongabon District Hospital (BDH), Gapan District Hospital (GDH), Guimba District Hospital (Guimba DH), San Antonio District Hospital (SADH) and the Sto. Domingo District Hospital (SDDH) and the Carranglan Medicare Community Hospital (CMCH), Gabaldon Medicare Community Hospital (GMCH) and the Gen. Tinio Medicare and Community Hospital (GTMCH).

The overall budget of the ELJMH was reduced to P69.3 million from the 2010 budget of P69.79 million. Benefits for its health workers were also reduced from P4 million in 2010 to only P2 million in 2011.

The SJCGH was allocated P44.37 million as its 2011 budget, up from P43.1 million for 2010. However, its benefits for health workers were reduced by P1.3 million from P2.68 million in 2010 to P1.38 million next year.

The budget of the BDH, on the other hand, dipped to P27.04 million, some P808,114 less than the 2010 budget of P27.85 million. Benefits of health workers were also reduced by P1 million.

The GDH, Guimba DH and SADH all were allocated higher overall budgets but benefits for health workers and hazard pay were pruned down from a minimum of P500,000 to P2 million.

The SDDH’s overall budget was also brought down to P5.67 million some P433,000 less than the current operating budget of P5.36 million.

The aggregate overall budgets of the CMCH, the GMCH and the GTCH shrunk by P985,227. Their respective allocations for health worker benefits and hazard pay also went down by an identical P300,000 each and P700,000 each, respectively.

Governor Eduardo Umali, in his budget message to the SP, earlier said the proposed 2011 budget will be highlighted by the “substantial commitment” of funds for programs, projects and activities of the various sectors in the province.

He said this is line with the e provincial government’s desire to make the budget an “instrument for the economic and social upliftment” of the province. (PNA)

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