Notes about this issue:
1.) This is a residency program which she has finished 2 years already so if she resigns, it will mean she has to start from scratch in another hospital so it isnt easy to just quit. Residency programs can take 6 years.
2.) The program contract does state that she will not be paid if her papers are not approved
3.) My sister is fully capable. Board topnotcher in her premed course and graduated from CIM which is the best medical school in the Philippines so she isnt slacking off.
4.) There is politics in the hospital and some old nurses do not like her.
5.) If she quits, she has no chance to get paid and she will be prohibited from the hospital premises.
6.) This has already permanently affected her health
7.) If she does have her papers approved, all the previous months will not be paid. She basically worked for free.
8.) The PhilHealth payout which is also of significant amount is also withheld.
9.) Apparently, it is a common occurence for residents in that hospital to not get paid. Where does the money allocated for their salaries go to?
10.) Their requirements arent easy to accomplish. Some hospitals will assign one case for the resident to submit a case study about, this hospital requires that all cases be submitted for a case study and doctors here can have hundreds of patients a month compared to other hospitals.
So my questions are:
1.) Is this legal?
2.) Can we approach the ombudsman about this practice?
3.) If yes, how do we go about it?
4.) Does anyone know someone we can approach?