Locum doctors to boost healthcare services

Fiji's Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Picture: FT FILE

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has 48 locum doctors.

Revealing this, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the use of locums was a great example of being able to use doctors from the private sector to help the ministry make a big impact in areas of high burden.

“These are general practitioners and also specialists in the private sector who can be called upon to ensure that patients have access to the service that we need, especially during peak hours,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete said the ministry had plans in place to routinely monitor changes in health services demand and align the supply accordingly.

“For instance, the ministry will be recruiting more allied health workers in the 2019-2020 financial year to facilitate the increasing service demand from the heavily populated areas of Lami-Nausori corridor and the Sigatoka-Ba corridor.”

He added the ministry would continue to implement the strategic needs-based approach to health workforce recruitment, deployment, training and retention with an emphasis of increasing both, customer and employee satisfaction.

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