Need for upgrade

THERE is a need to improve the working conditions of nurses, says the Health and Medical Services Minister, Rosy Akbar.

She highlighted this while addressing nurses at the Nursing Supervisors and Management Symposium at Studio 6 Apartments in Suva on Thursday.

Ms Akbar said after her visit to two hospitals in the country, she was convinced there was really a need to improve the conditions of work for nurses.

She, however, admitted that this could not be done overnight.

“It is going to take some time — I can’t promise you that I can change it overnight, but we will have to go there slowly,” Ms Akbar said.

Recognising that Fiji’s health system had always been under scrutiny, she reminded nurses to deliver their services to the best of their ability in order to be satisfied that they had done their best.

“If we are inundated with calls or complaints, that means something, somewhere is going wrong. We might not be able to please everybody but if we do our work with sincerity and dedication, at the end of the day we should be satisfied that we have done our best.

“Many times people say, when you enter a hospital you expect to come out a little better.

“But if I look at the complaints from the public coming to me, they go in and come out more frustrated, for whatever reasons.

“More than ever, we receive complaints day in, day out. If we work together we will surely make a difference,” she said.

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