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Political parties raise concern on Fiji’s health system


Publish date/time: 26/05/2014 [17:07]


Two political parties have raised concerns over the current health system and facilities in the country.

The Fiji Labour Party has raised serious concerns over the closing hours of the out-patients department at the Labasa Hospital.

Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said over the weekend during his visit to Labasa, he found out that during weekdays the out-patient department closes at 4pm, on Saturdays the department closes at 12pm while on Sunday the department remains closed.

He said patients who come after the closing hours are not regarded as emergency cases and are sent home.

National Federation Party Leader Biman Prasad said during his visit to the Lautoka Hospital a few weeks ago, they found out that patients had to wait for more than 5 hours to see a doctor.

He said the physical condition of the hospital was shameful as pigeon droppings were visible on the walls and windows and potholes were in front of the entry space.

We have sent questions to the Health Ministry and are waiting reply.

Meanwhile Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama revealed last week that major reforms and basic up-grade to medical facilities and services will be carried out in the next few months.

He said this reform is also a result of his office closely monitoring the public medical service delivery.

The Prime Minister said public medical service delivery does not only relate to the ratio of doctors to patients but the attitude of medical staff towards their clients who are both out and inpatients.

He said this includes the level of compassion, empathy and sensitivity shown by our medical staff.

Story By: Prasheel Chandra and Gwen McGoon


13 thoughts on “Political parties raise concern on Fiji’s health system

  1. Areh – too much talk!

    Give us some statistics on:
    – How many nurses and doctors are there?
    – How many hospitals, clinic and health centres are there?
    – What is the doctor-patient ratio?
    – How much money can we spend on our Health sector?
    – How many more nurses and doctors needs to be hire to achieve a better health standard?
    – The extra amount of the various specialized equipment that needs to be purchased?
    – Where will we get the money from?
    – Etc?

    After giving us a good background then come and tell us and stop your old style of politics. Does NFP think we are not well educated to understand this?

  2. The government has the statistics but you don’t need stats to know that the standard of health service is far from satisfactory.

  3. too many disgruntled and unsatisfying customers with the general service provided by our public health system. Fiji is not a third world country if Permanent Secretaries are paid 3 figure salary.

  4. No surprise that Chaudhry joins the chorus criticising our government and our visionary leaders. We all know that what he claims is just a load of crap. Our hospitals are first world standard, in fact better than those in Australia and New Zealand. He counts on the ignorance of the people when he lashes out against the PM who tells the truth about the quality of the health service. And for all those who are really unhappy a simple piece of advise: Work harder and you can afford to go to the private hospital or to some overseas clinic. You will find out very soon that our state run hospitals are the best in the world.

  5. Despite the dilapidated, unfit-for-human-health and completely non-salubrious state of Fiji’s public health facilities, Mr and Mrs Bainimarama can still find the time and stolen money to flit around on First Class jaunts to places like Miami.

    We see you illegal & treasonous thugs.

  6. Ratu Sissy, the standards of health care in Fiji had always been lower than NZ for the last 100 years. Fiji under FB’s leadership is trying hard to improve this and has improved by so much compared to the time when SDL was in Govt.

  7. Taukei
    Spoken like a true coup beneficiary ,,,,,sa rauta mada na masi volo sa vakamadua mai

  8. Its not the comparison to NZ that matters, its the quality of service provided that is questionable, even after the father informed the doctor about the condition of the patient.

  9. What quality of service you arguing here Ratu Sissy? Fijians in my view provide one of the best services in the world because of their human touch. NZ has alot of money to buy equipments that Fiji cannot afford. And also NZ has alot of qualified and highly specialized doctors. Your comparison is the thing that’s questionable Ratu Sissy.

  10. Some people do not want to see reality. They prefer to conceptualize paradise in the suffering of others and cannot even read properly to appreciate the laments of suffering parents. So I will quote from the article for the benefit of those slow thinkers:

    “Grieving father, Vinod Kumar told FijiLive it was heartbreaking and says the hospital’s negligence and the NZ immigration had a hand in his death.
    And on Saturday, last weekend, the doctor said he had dengue symptoms. That was according to the doctor so he was admitted at the Ba Mission hospital fro three days before we took him to Lautoka. I had told the doctor there that my son was kidney patient and his body can only allow on liter of IV fluid in a drip bag for 24 hours; however they gave him three drip bags, two on his right and one on his left. After a while Kumar said he saw his son’s stomach and hands were swollen and was not breathing well. So I asked the nurse to take away the drips.”

  11. Think of these 3 issues and you will understand my view:
    1. It is an allegation.
    2. It is only 1 case out the hundreds of thousands – hence cannot be used to make valid statements to represent the whole.
    3. It was the father who intervened and said the drip to be taken away – not the doctors who should evaluate then decide. So hospital cannot be fairly accused of the ending result of the patient’s condition.

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