Whether or not it gains support from the Cebu City

first_imgWhether or not it gains support from the Cebu City Council, the semi-privatization of the Cebu City Medical Center is worth a serious look.It may be the only way to run a public hospital with professionalism.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Misyon Bulig ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents For one, it would be integrated in a complex of sorts with the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management to create what the Rama administration called an “integrated emergency response center.”MORE STORIESnewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNews Briefs: July 26, 2019newsinfoThis Week’s Festivals: July 21 – 27, 2019MORE STORIESnewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNews Briefs: July 26, 2019newsinfoThis Week’s Festivals: July 21 – 27, 2019Deciding to build on the original site on N. Bacalso Avenue settles a long-drawn discussion on whether to transfer to a lonely spot in the  South Road Properties (SRP), where jeepneys don’t ply routes.Did we hear an “I told you so” from  former congressman Tomas Osmeña, who called for retro-fitting  the existing city hospital where it stands?No need to gloat.Whatever is the best solution for Cebuano residents should be a decision shared by all.ADVERTISEMENT Building a new structure from the ground up, one that is quake-resistant up to magnitude 8, is a better  idea.Building, however, is one thing.Defining  day-to-day functions  and lines of policy making go to the essence of a hospital’s operation.Who will appoint the chief of hospital?Will the board of directors be predominantly government suits or private sector representatives?How does one insulate management decisions from the petty bickering of political opponents in a local government?Dr. Shawn Espina, a surgeon dedicated to the whole effort as a core member of CCMC Cares, correctly insists that  management and administration should be left to the private sector as the more efficient stakeholder.Whatever Cebu City officials decide, they should realize they have a new opportunity to get this right.Build it well and  complete it before the end of 2015 or at least before another calamity visits again. Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Capital One Data Breach LATEST STORIES NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Leaving the CCMC completely to government bureaucracy would have it end up in the same sorry state its been for decades, caught in a gridlock of political appointments and power squabbles among local goverment officials.A healthy balance is needed in the competitive world of medical services.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionCity Hall has the mandate to serve indigent patients, but not the expertise or sound judgment to run a hospital in fine form.Initial plans are looking good. Read Next PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View commentslast_img read more