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