Thursday, June 02, 2005

Militant groups denounce Duque as new Health chief

Thursday, 06/02/2005

A group of health workers and migrant workers yesterday denounced the appointment of newly-installed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III as they claimed he is the apdog?of President Arroyo.

Jean Esperos, secretary general of Health Alliance for Democracy (Head), said Duque is unfit to become the new Health secretary since he will rally and push for faster implementation to privatize our public health care system, thus the security of tenure of our health workers will be endangered.

He alleged this expected move of the new Health chief will implement the further streamlining of the government's bureaucracy. Sharing the sentiments of health workers, Migrante, migrant workers group,
said they are against the appointment of Duque to DoH because of the alleged irregularities in the transfer of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fund to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), when Duque
was its president.

Migrante president Connie Bragas-Regalado said, Duque's profit-oriented mindset and bias against the poor will complement the administration's neglect for health and other social services in budget allocation from the national government.

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