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Duterte signs law increasing present bed capacity of BGH
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act 11084 increasing the bed capacity of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) from 500 to 800.

The law, principally authored by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, also allows for the upgrade of the existing service facilities and professional health care services to conform with and be commensurate to the bed increase capacity.

The Department of Health has been instructed to immediately include the implementation of the law in its programs and its funding in the annual General Appropriations Act.

With the increase bed capacity, the existing workforce of BGHMC shall also be increased. The DOH, in coordination with the Department of Budget and Management and the Civil Service Commission, will determine the additional plantilla positions to be created and filled up upon consultation with the BGHMC management.

The increase from 500 to 800 beds is effective for three years.

RA 11084 repeals RA 8634, which increased BGHMC’s bed capacity from 400 to 500 in May 7, 1998.

Go’s bill was approved by the House of Representatives last January and backed by the Senate in February.

“We thank the President for signing (last week) this very significant and important measure. This is what BGHMC needs considering that the same is the premiere hospital in the north,” Go said.

BGHMC attends to an average of 40,000 in-patients and about 400,000 outpatients annually. Its subsidy to thousands of indigent patients amounts to P400 million a year. Currently, BGHMC has an average bed occupancy rate of 120 percent with a patient to nurse ratio of 1:40.

Thousands of patients from nearby Cagayan and Central Luzon also prefer to be treated at BGHMC than in any other hospital.

With the growing population and people who are seeking medical attention, Go said the bed capacity increase of BGHMC is justified and entailed not only additional health facilities and medical equipment but also manpower such as doctors, nurses, other medical professionals and administrative employees.

“This is the fruit of our effort in Congress designed to provide quality health care services. Certainly, this bed capacity increase will redound to the benefit of our people,” Go said.


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