Samoa looks for funding

Samoa’s Minister of Health says the merger of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Services will continue to be delayed as they tried to find funds to meet the projected $US3.9 million ($F7.9m) cost.

The merger was to be implemented last month but it was unclear when it would happen.

Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama told TV1Samoa that there were also pay increases approved by Cabinet as far back as 2013 that had not been implemented.

“We need to clean up these things that have been postponed for a long time so it doesn’t bog us down in future,”he said.

He added that severance pay for those who would lose their jobs in the merger would be about $US1.9 million ($F3.8m).

He said there had to be a change in the current law and that had to be tabled in parliament along with a budget for the planned move.

He said the changes were expected to be tabled in the house this month.

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