FNA refutes A-G’s claim

THE Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) says the allegation by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament about pilfering by nurses from hospitals was unfounded and uncalled for.

Association general secretary Salanieta Matiavi said they were gravely concerned about the claims which were made public by the A-G without any police investigations conducted.

Ms Matiavi was referring to comments made by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament last month where he inferred that nurses pilfered items from hospitals and took them home.

“I express their disappointment at the allegation which was non-specific and has tarnished the reputation of the profession,” she said.

“Members of the FNA are gravely concerned about claims for which no police investigation has ensued and which appears to be simply a rumour or a throw-away comment that is disastrous for the morale of nurses in Fiji and extremely damaging to their reputation and the nursing profession”.

Ms Matiavi said as a collective, nurses unequivocally rejected the generalised statement and non-specific accusation and disassociated themselves from the implied dishonesty of the allegation.

“It is unfair that this statement has been made under cover of parliamentary privilege, and is an added stress for the nurses of Fiji who work long hours, caring for our sick patients.

“We ask for consideration and fairness. If someone has broken the law, we ask that the law takes its course … we are patriotic servants of the people who have a calling to serve the sick in our society,” Ms Maiavi said.”

She said the FNA was always available and open to discuss any issue that involved its members.

“I reiterate that we are always available to discuss these issues, in good faith, with the ministry and we ask for the same courtesy in return.”

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