Five officials of the Department of Health were ordered a six-month preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman for the late releasing of benefits of medical frontliners amid the pandemic.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires preventively suspended Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-An, Kenneth Ronquillo, Maylene Beltran, Laureano Cruz, and Esperanza Carating for six months without pay ‘due to neglect of duty and inefficiency’ as government officials.
In June, the DOH failed to distribute at least P32 million in compensation to the families of frontline health workers who died treated Covid-19 patients.
Several lawmakers last July have also blamed the health authority for the delay in the release of health workers’ benefits like the hazard pay and special risk allowance for doctors, nurses, and other workers in public hospitals throughout the country.
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