BAGUIO Representative Mark Go is pushing for the expansion of the bed capacity and services of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).
Previously in 2018, Go’s bill that pushed for the increase of the hospital’s bed capacity from 500 to 800 was approved and enacted into law.
However, according to Go, under the current conditions of the pandemic, there is a need to further improve the hospital’s capacity and facilities.
As such, Go is pushing for a further increase in bed capacity for the hospital, from 800 beds to nearly double at 1,500 beds.
He is also pushing for improvements in the services offered by the hospital, which holds a “unique and vital role as a primary hospital in the entire Cordillera and Northern Luzon.”
Part of the push for better services include an expansion of the existing workforce to better assess the hospital’s needs and address the long waiting time of 50 to 100 patients daily in queue.
Go also claims that within the next four years, BGHMC will expand its services to include cardiovascular care, renal care and transplants, lung care, brain and spine care, orthopedia, cancer care, infectious disease and tropical medicine, and mental health services.
The push is intended to provide accessibility to more specialized health services to Region 1, 2 and CAR residents who previously would have had to travel to Metro Manila for access.