Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26)— A top official of St. Luke’s Medical Center on Thursday denied there has been a mass resignation among its healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s not true,” Dr. Benjamin Campomanes, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of St. Luke’s, told CNN Philippines’ News Night.
Campomanes said hospitals do see resignations every month — but stressed that not all can be classified as pandemic-related.
“These resignations of our nurses is because they are accepted to go to the United States, to the United Kingdom, and other places, where they are accepted to work abroad. So this is not very unusual for us. So when you say, [resignations] hit St. Luke’s Medical Center, it’s as if they are resigning because of the pandemic. But actually, they are not,” he explained.
Campomanes, however, recognized that manpower has been affected with some frontliners undergoing quarantine.
“They are exposed to some people, some other nurses in their dorms. And so we have to quarantine a lot of people. And that limits our working power in some of the areas in the hospitals,” he said.
St. Luke’s is among the many hospitals affected by the current surge in coronavirus infections, which inched closer to 1.9 million on Thursday.
Campomanes reported that their Quezon City branch has reached full intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. There are also four patients in line for COVID rooms and wards, he added.
Meanwhile, in the Bonifacio Global City branch, Campomanes said there are six patients waiting for ICU beds while two are waiting at the COVID general rooms.