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UFDF PRESS RELEASE – The Truth about the state of Fiji’s Health Services




[No 33 /2013]

[Nov 20, 2013]

The UFDF calls on Dr Sharma to do the right thing and take responsibility for the decisions and policies he has imposed on the Ministry of Health on behalf of the regime and for once account to the people for this terrible mess and man up and resign.

The UFDF said in his 2014 Election focused Budget provisions; the PM said very little about the state of the nation’s Health except for an admission that quote ‘it is not as good as it should be, given years of neglect ‘unquote.

The UFDF says the regime always speaks of ‘past years neglect’ in general terms so as to infer the democratic government they overthrew in 2006 is the cause of the neglect. But the Regime have been in control for the past 7 years, this is 2 years longer than the previous elected government and still the state of our Health Services is a disgrace.

When the next democratically elected government is in place at the end of 2014, the regime would have had 3 years longer than the previous legal governments to fix things and based on their current performance there is nothing that indicates that they have the ability to fix anything.

The UFDF says there are many hidden flaws and losses that run into the tens of millions of dollars mainly through incompetence, corruption and mismanagement that remain unknown because of the lack of accountability and transparency practiced by the regime and this information needs to be exposed so that people can see what is really going on.


An official of the UFDF recently visited the Lautoka & CWM Hospital, spoke to staff, nurses, Doctors and other medical personal and the following is a brief summary of what emerged from discussions with hospital personnel.

  • LAUTOKA HOSPITAL [Visit – Sep 2013]
  1. Dr Neil Sharma announced an $8 million upgrade of the Lautoka Hospital & CWM hospitals on April 7th 2010, yet today both hospitals look a sorry sight and in desperate need of repair? So what was it spent on?
  2. In the Lautoka Hospital as late as September only 1 of the 3 lifts it has was operating and according to staff, the others have been out of service for almost a year?
  3. Should the 3rd lift breakdown, patients will need to be carried up the stairs from the Emergency Department to the ICU and CCU and Major Operating theatre?
  4. Patients are still being asked to buy their own drugs and medication because the hospital has none, yet in 2012 $10 million in medication purchased by government sat in stock, then expired and went to waste? [FT Nov 27 2012 Report]
  • CWM HOSPITAL [Visit –Nov 2013 ]

Like Lautoka, despite the supposed multimillion dollar upgrade, the CWM looks a sorry sight and in desperate need of repair.

  1. In addition the ongoing shortages of drugs and supplies continues, but with the added burden of cheap and inferior medical supplies from China and as well as India. . An example of this is the cheaper intravenous cannulas being purchased from China which are apparently of such poor quality and have flaws that expose the medical personnel to blood when injecting the patient. Previous purchases of these were a better quality without flaws.
  2. Doctors and Nurses alike ‘buy their own’ plaster for use on patients because the officially supplied plaster – referred to by all in CWM as the cello tape’  falls off within minutes of being applied to a wound.
  3. The number of the ultrasound scan machines purchased by the government at a cost of $27,000 each and distributed to other sub divisional health facilities have been returned to the CWM because no one can operate them and when repairs are required the technicians in Fiji can’t repair them, there is also a  new lot of hematological  and biomedical equipment  and like the ultrasound equipment the local technicians cannot fix them so the supplier [alleged to be a relative or friend of the Minister] has to be flown up from New Zealand to carry out the repairs.In his 2014 Budget address the PM said quote

Our biomedical equipment will now be serviced by professionals, and $900,000 has been allocated for this purpose’

  • The approximate $243,000 cost for the equipment has already been paid, so add to this the $900,000 put aside for servicing and repairs by professionals? Then someone is making a cool $1.1 million for equipment that can’t be operated or serviced locally? WHY?
  • The regime recently announced a multimillion plan to build 6 new operating theatres in the CWM, however there is a well known shortage of qualified anesthetist and surgical nursing staff to man the 4 theatres already renovated and in place.  Different surgical specialists are already facing difficulties due to the current shortage of trained medical staff and equipment; another 6 new operating theatres will simply compound the situation.
  • There are specialist shortages which are rife in the Ministry and a specific example of this is in the anesthesia department where anesthetist are working 24 hour shifts looking after the country’s most critically ill and surgical patients.  The situation was further worsened when senior staffs were sent to Sudan and only a handful remained to maintain services. The majority of the anesthetists are made up of junior staffs that have recently joined the department, a factor that led to the recent death of a female patient in Lautoka and the suspension of the Anesthetist.The UFDF says all of the examples of neglect and gross mismanagement referred in this statement occurred in the past 12 to 24 months under Bainimarama’s ‘illegal’ regime and are the result of the prior ‘5 years of neglect’ he referred to in his 2014 budget address and have absolutely nothing to do with any previous elected and ‘legal’ government that he tries to deflect blame to.

Dr Neil Sharma has been the Minister responsible since January 2009 and therefore the person directing the regimes failed policies over the past 5 years that have led to the gross mismanagement and neglect which occurred over the past 24 months as highlighted in this statement.

The UFDF says any person of moral and principled standing would accept responsibility for the failures of their policies in the same way they accept the praise and accolades when things get done right, rare though that may be.

The UFDF calls on Dr Sharma to do the right thing and take responsibility for the decisions and policies he has imposed on the Ministry of Health on behalf of the regime and for once account to the people for this terrible mess and man up and resign.

The UFDF says the ongoing daily struggles of our Doctors and nursing staff in our hospitals and the difficulty they face with medical supply shortages, inferior products, lack of trained specialists and the below average remuneration for their profession is a matter that should concern all citizens as the state of our Health Services is something we will all face a need for at sometime in our lives.

More statements highlighting other areas of gross neglect and mismanagement will be highlighted in the coming weeks.

Authorized By                       UFDF

For further elaboration or interviews on our statements please contact anyone of the following:

Mick Beddoes – 830524;  Laisania Qarase – 9993113;  Mahendra Chaudhry – 9921865

 Attar Singh – 9921184;  Tupeni Baba – 9373364



(DECREE NO 29 OF 2010)


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33 thoughts on “UFDF PRESS RELEASE – The Truth about the state of Fiji’s Health Services

  1. The state of health service in the country is not as important as Dr Neil Sharma’s health and Dr Neil Sharma’s health and wealth is in top shape !

  2. the more appropriate title for the regime media decree would be :
    Bullshit Fiji Media Decree.
    because that is what it is full of – bullshit.

  3. I am sure that none of this corruption and mismanagement is any surprise to anyone in Fiji.

    I am glad that the UFDF is one party that is brave enough to tell the truth about the regime’s failures – I wish that all the media in Fiji were as brave.

  4. @Sun

    Enough “masipolo’ of the illegall regime. What has been said is nothing but the truth. If you cannot see it with your eyes, then your eyes must be full of garbage.

  5. radio.

    “I am glad that the UFDF is one party that is brave enough to tell the truth about the regime’s failures ”

    Were you not part of or follower of the aforementioned?

    Hypocrisy much boy.

  6. An example of the pathetic rot in the Ministry of Health Services is seen in this posting on a Naitasiri Social webpage in Naitasiri dialect about an unnecessary death due to pathetic level of service:

    Ra vakaraitake na kauai ni tikina o Nabobuco na mata ni tikina vakaturaga o Nabobuco ena bose ni yasana mai Veitalacagi, Vunidawa ena vuku ni kena mai reva e rua na bula yaga ni lewe ni vanua ena vuku ni vakawelewele ni veiqaravi ni tabana ni bula e Vunidawa.
    Bau na nasi va raice na mavoa, sa mani nanume me qiriti o vuniwai e vunidawa me baleta na bibi ni mavoa ka gasive kea me cici ya na Ambulance me va vikau mai.
    Ratou wawa tu, me yacove sara no ni sa va kacivi na nona bula na turaga qoi.
    Tarogi na vuniwai ena gauna ni bose ni yasana se cava na vuni nodratou warai bau ya, qai vakaraitake ni siga ai e tau bi na uca, e dua tikoga nodratou draiva, sa levu talega na damage va na nodratou Ambulance ka ratou rivariva bi take da qai surcharge taki vi ratou na tabana ni bula mai Vunidawa.
    Ulubale lokiloki……………macawa………cava nomuni nanume?

  7. Lets not forget there’s more than just one person responsible for the entire operation and working of the health service.

    But of course, in the views of many they would not consider or understand the term ‘team effort’.

  8. Where is Premilla the CEO for consumer council.

    Can she comment on this as this involves the interest of the consumer.

    She cannot comment on this as she will get a kick from the regime.

    Why she cannot speak against the government when it involves consumer interest.

  9. I understand the director’s job at USP was not advertised by Rajesh.

    Is this what is taught at USP!

    Corruption and nepotism!

    Premilla the way she talks on T.V. as if she knows everything.

    Premilla clean up your backyard before you talk about others.

    You thugs your turn will come soon!

  10. MORE than half of the women in Fiji have been abused and violated once in their life.

    This was revealed by Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali during the 16th days of activism against violence against women in Nadi yesterday.

    Is it any surprise when you have morons like the above.

  11. If the nurses and doctors are incompetent who do we blame? I’ve always been wary of the notion that an adults action is always blamed on the parents.

    At what point does the individual take responsibility for their actions. The gist of it is that when it’s a positive we give the individual the praise however when it’s a negative it’s always their parents or boss.

    Our prejudice should not blinker us from accepting that sometimes the responsibility is rightly the individual and not their superiors.

  12. The Driti Trial: Bainimarama refused to sack Khaiyum and told Driti to leave his residence – turned blind eye to alleged “dirty-dealings” of A-G

    There were revelations today that former Head of RFMF Intelligence, Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai and former Land Force Commander, Pita Driti had a meeting with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama about the Attorney General in 2010.

    Prosecution witness and current 3FIR Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kalouniwai told the High Court in the Pita Driti trial today that he and Driti met Commodore Bainimarama at his residence in September 2010.

    Kalouniwai said they briefed Commodore Bainimarama concerning reports on the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his alleged dealings.

    He said Commodore Bainimarama told them that they need to come back with documents to prove the allegations against the Attorney General.

    When questioned by defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo, Kalouniwai revealed that they did not have any documents and did not have any intelligence on the Attorney General’s alleged dealings.

    Kalouniwai said that the Prime Minister made it clear to them that he will not do anything unless he gets the information relating to the allegations.

    He also said that Driti had told him to conduct the investigation about the Attorney General.

    Kalouniwai then instructed him team to gather information about Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    He said the meeting ended abruptly with Commodore Bainimarama as they only had information from various blog sites.

    While testifying in court today Driti also confirmed that they had met with Commodore Bainimarama in September 2010.

    Driti said he briefed Commodore Bainimarama and asked for the removal of the Attorney General due to the alleged dealings.

    He said Commodore Bainimarama told Driti and Kalouniwai and I quote “No, walk out” end of quote.

    Driti said he was called back to Commodore Bainimarama’s residence on the following day.

    Commodore Bainimarama, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, Force Chaplain Major Tikinatabua and Ratu Tevita Mara were present in the meeting.

    Bainimarama told Driti that he had received some information on the plan to overthrow him and the President when Bainimarama takes the trip to Sudan.

    Commodore Bainimarama then told Driti to speak to Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz and take his overdue leave and remain at the quarters.

    Bainimarama asked Driti to resign as Land Force Commander and as a commissioned officer after his leave comes to an end.Source: Fijivillage

  13. I find it odd that UFDF is a marriage of parties that can never stay under one roof, how can they share a room or bed.

    Having said that, what I find really odd is that SDL is all lovey dovey with FLP.

    If we go back 7 years and dig the facts, it was FLP who was the brains and the support behind the coup. We all know what the late Mrs j koroi said. Then it was validated by MPC and his yes man joinf cabinet and later the 42 page dossier that Victor lal revealed to us.

    Junior MPC was full of support for the IG. His younger bro even got married to PM’s neice.

    So, SDl beware.

  14. @ janet

    The fact that all these different parties are willing to come together to face off against Frank and his thugs says a lot about the seriousness of the situation in Fiji.

    I think that after MC tried working things out with Frank and Aiyaz (and discovered their treachery), he came to realise that there was something truly corrupt and dangerous with the way Frank and Aiyaz are destroying the country.

  15. Hurray…Assessors have found Driti NOT GUILTY. We wait for Judge to follow same verdict……NOT GUILTY

  16. Radiolucas

    MPC did not resign. He was sacked when PM learnt about his $3m in CBA in aust.

    MPC said he will resign and asked for mercy, a month so that he won’t lose face.

    MPC fed PM negatives about the qoliqoli bill, state of the economy etc so that he does the coup.

  17. Fiji islands offer exciting experience of natural and man-made sightseeing to the tourists visiting there. It offers exciting activities for the tourists which remain in memory forever.

  18. the regime propaganda machine has been activated . see all the letters appearing suddenly in the local dailies praising the health services…

  19. one fala naim david sam robinson he write letter yesterday to praise and thank everybody in health service including minister,only forgot to thank the dictator.

  20. Well at least it’s free service. Try living in an overseas country and paying hundreds of dollars for an xray !! Gratitude is d key !

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