By Chanda Shahani
The University of the Philippines (U.P.) Philippine General Hospital's (PGH) inadequate government budgetary allocation for human resources and state of the art equipment may adversely affect its goal of becoming one of the best national university hospitals in Asia, and achieving International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 Certification, a 2008 report of the Commission on Audit (COA) shows.
With an annual budget of PhP 1.3 billion, which is PhP 1.7 billion short of the PhP 3 billion COA says PGH needs to attain ISO certification, and to operate effectively as a world-class government hospital, both PGH and the U.P. Administration may need to raise revenues through effective profit-making schemes and also addressing issues of financial mismanagement that only serve to take away badly-needed pesos that should go, by law, to the medical personnel of PGH.
(To read the rest of this story, originally programmed as a sidebar to our story, "U.P.-PGH has faced and is facing more administrative problems, Government records show," March 7, 2010, please click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/yg6umqu).
To readers who would like to make a financial contribution or otherwise volunteer to help PGH's official foundation; which would help close PGH's budget gap which is necessary to acquire state-of-the-art and basic equipment and address compensation needs for their understaffed medical personnel, please click on this link: