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Chand wants an update on public healthcare


Sep 18, 2017 12:49:09 AM

Chand wants an update on public healthcare Opposition Member of Parliament, Pramod Chand is asking for updates from Government on Fiji’s public healthcare system.

Speaking in Parliament earlier in the week, Chand expressed his disappointment and said it was also a part of the Constitution for citizens to be provided emergency medical treatment despite the limitations in terms of resources.

“I am disappointed that there has been very little public update on the progress of recruitment of health specialists from India despite a large delegation going there earlier this year for that express purpose,” said Chand.

He also questioned the need to rush into implementing the Medical and Dental Practitioner (amendment) Act which needed more public consultation.

“The Medical and Dental Practitioner (Amendment) Act was fast-tracked under Standing Order 51 in April this year. We had requested for more time for public consultation, but this was denied. What was then the urgency for,” he asked.

He further went on to say the rise in pay for doctors does not fully solve the problem of shortage in medical consumables and pharmaceuticals.

“This does little to allay the concerns of the public when medical consumables and pharmaceuticals are still in short supply. On the matter of salary increases for doctors, I would be grateful if we could also hear about salaries for our psychiatric medical specialists, and whether their proposed salaries are on par with the doctors.”

Other concerns raised by Pramod included the opening of the Makoi Maternity Unit, development of the Mental Health, Cancer Radiotherapy Institution, and Maternity Unit at CWM Hospital as it has now been 4 years since the project assessment phase.

By Avneel Abhishay



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