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Minister alleges abuse

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 18, 2013

SECURITY at hospitals is one of the major concerns of the Ministry of Health.

Health Minister, Doctor Neil Sharma said there had been incidents where medical staff were harmed and important medical equipment stolen.

"There have been incidents where people misuse medical facilities, they also hurt our people where they are violent towards our doctors and nurses and then, of course, we have had incidences where our doctors and nurses have been raped," he said.

"That is something that needs to be looked after and when it comes to our medical facilities, they steal.

"There have been incidents where relatives of patients have stolen vital hospital equipment.

"You go to the Nadi Hospital, repeatedly, and you'll see the toilet pans and cisterns are stolen despite the fact that you have security sitting out there."

While raising the issue during a speech in Rakiraki recently, Dr Sharma said medical facilities were being misused by the public.

"I think it's the responsibility and a part of everybody to work and make things happen by working together as a team," said Dr Sharma.