Private hospitals have not responded until now to the request of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod to stop the collection of volunteers/training/application fees that they charge professional nurses rendering volunteer work, Councilor Caesar Distrito said yesterday.
Despite the resolution passed earlier by the SP questioning the volunteer’s or affiliation fee that hospitals are requiring from professional nurses, they have not responded or informed the SP about their stand on the issue, he said.
Distrito said nurses are reportedly required to pay between P5,000 to 15,000 as volunteer’s/training or affiliation fee in order to be admitted as volunteers, instead of being paid salaries equivalent to those of regular employed nurses.
National media had also reported and done several investigative reports on such illegal practice, he said.
Nurses who want to be issued certificates by the hospitals where they will render services are left with no other choice but to pay the required fees, he added.
Distrito said the Senate has also called a public hearing or investigative inquiry on the illegal practice.*CGS