LONG suffering from negative public perception due to dysfunctions in the organization and inadequate facility and equipment, the Philippine National Police Health Service (PNPHS) is adopting a good governance program aimed specifically at assuring “Doubting Thomases” that there is no more need for them to sing “they just lie there and they die there”, a pun from the famous Mona Liza song.
To address the problem, the PNPHS is embarking on an ambitious program to transform the PNP General Hospital (PNPGH) into a world-class hospital which can be at par with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) or the former V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
“Providing excellent health care for our country’s protectors is a legacy we all can leave behind,” said PNP Health Service director Chief Superintendent Robert G. Quenery in a recent performance governance report where he enumerated the challenges they have conquered and yet to conquer.
Here are the current realities on inadequate human resource, outdated hospital equipment and facilities and lack of information management system of the PNPHS and its hospitals which the government, Congress, the public and most importantly, its clients must understand.
At present, the PNPGH is a Level 2 hospital which has a 176-bed capacity although it was created to serve 170,000 police personnel and their dependents. It pales in comparison with the AFPMC which is a Level 3 Hospital complete with training facility and an 800-bed capacity serving 140,000 soldiers and their dependents. Its wards utilizes wall fans, lacks hospital gowns for patients and have no bedside implements compared to the air-conditioned rooms of the AFPMC which also has uniform hospital gowns and complete bedside implements.
Operating on a P193 million annual budget, its equipment also merely satisfies the minimum government requirement for licensing prompting its doctors to often refer many patients to other health facilities for diagnostic tests. On the other hand, the AFPMC boasts of state-of-the-art equipment, offers complete ancillary services and operates on a P1.5 billion annual budget separate from the Department of National Defense-Armed Forces’ yearly fund.
Presently, PNP Medical Officers undergo Residency Training at other hospitals compared to their counterparts with the AFPMC which has its own training and learning facility that offers Residency Training programs. Two PNP medical officers are currently having their residency training at the AFPMC while 18 others are undergoing residency training in various hospitals in the country.
To address its problem, the PNP Health Service headed by Chief Superintendent Robert G. Quenery has proposed the establishment of a 6-storey PNP Medical Center in Camp Panopio, Q.C. which will have a 300-bed capacity with quartering facility for its doctors, nurses and other staff.