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Party executive laments quality of health service

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, June 05, 2014

A POLITICIAN claims that the quality of treatment for Fiji's sick and injured is reaching a seriously critical level and doctors and nurses should not be blamed for this.

"Quality health care is under severe strain because skilled health workers are often required to work with inadequate facilities, equipment and medicines," claimed Adi Sivia Qoro, a founding member of the People's Democratic Party.

"These challenges to their professional abilities undermine their motivation to give the best care to their patients," she said.

"Even the current leader Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama has now admitted that health care should be more 'people centred', but more and more we see it is not."

Adi Sivia said basic medicines that used to be sold at subsidised costs from hospitals were no longer available.

She said people had to buy medicines from chemists at prices some just could not afford.

"Now, just three months away from an election, we hear from Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama that he intends to devote resources to upgrading and improving the health sector. Why now, we must ask. And where is the money coming from?"

Adi Sivia also said that while the new fees levied on general practitioners may be affordable for the well-established ones, they were a heavy levy for struggling general practitioners who were also paying increasing overhead costs.

She said the new fees would be passed down to the people.

"These changes, like many others, have been introduced by the interim government without any consultation with the doctors and health workers they affect…and certainly not the poor patients."





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