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Health vital to growth

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE National Federation Party says it recognises that health is vital to the productivity and development of Fiji.

This was outlined by party leader Professor Biman Prasad during the launch of the party's manifesto at Suva's Kshatriya Hall yesterday.

Prof Prasad said health was a public good which had impacts beyond individuals and households.

"NFP will establish a national health commission to advise on health policies and practices," Prof Prasad said.

"We will establish a national health care system, open tertiary health care to providers outside of the Ministry of Health and separate health policy making and delivery of services," he said.

The party would change the core of health management and administration to be directed towards people-centred policies for successful Fiji health services, he said.

"These will attempt to reduce waiting time for outpatient services in public hospitals."

Prof Prasad also assured as many as 300 party supporters who attended the party's manifesto launch yesterday that the NFP in government would reduce VAT from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.

"This can be done and we will do it. The cost of living is too high in this country and our people cannot afford to buy basic food items."

He said the party's manifesto was for the people and something they would refer to if it wins the election.