Council investigates doctors and dentists

TEN doctors are under investigation by the Fiji Medical Council for alleged medical negligence while the Fiji Dental Council is also investigating six of its members for the same offences.

While making submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s permanent secretary Dr Joe Koroivueta said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services was aware of cases reported against its staff which are not related to “technical capabilites” of the health officials.

“We do note that there are some complaints that have been raised in that regard, but is not related to the technical capabilities or the pay of the professional, but related to conduct, attitude and also related to how they respond in a caring manner to people who are sick,” Dr Koroivueta said.

Dr Koroivueta said the Government was committed to serving all Fijians better and it had resulted in an “independent mechanism” which is going to be spearheaded by the Ministry of Civil Service.

“There will be a facility that will be open to all members of the public, as long as they are near a phone, where they can lodge in a complaint to the ministry. And it is an initiative where Government is looking at whereby it can expand to all government departments.

“The progress at this stage, we are nearing finalisation with the terms of reference for the facility which is being undertaken by the Ministry of Civil Service as well as the ministry (MOH).

“It’s going to be a professional facility, it’s going to be a facility expected to be generating reports on a monthly basis, but not only that, it will be a facility to provide professional response at the point of inquiry.”

Dr Koroivueta reassured members of the committee that the ministry would not hire individuals who did not have a valid practising licence.

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