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McCaig: Restart training program

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE Pacific Islands Surgeons Association hopes that the Fiji National University reverts its decision to suspend training surgeons in Fiji.

President Dr Eddie McCaig said the program was suspended in Fiji in February and if the program doesn't resume, more local doctors seeking surgical training would go abroad.

"In earnest surgery training started in about 1990 in Fiji and we started with orthopaedic training in Lautoka," Dr McCaig said.

"I gave this up to start the general surgical training in 1998 that was run by the Fiji School of Medicine and this was done on the decision of the Ministers of Health in the Pacific, with the paper called the Yanuca Accord in which they said we are losing too many people, they are graduating and going to New Zealand and Australia and they are not coming back.

"So let's train our own people, we have always trained doctors and they have left for New Zealand and Australia.

"We had the coups, at that time we used to lose 100 doctors per year.

"We trained them here and they found jobs in Australia and New Zealand," he said.

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