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Usamate Discusses Specifics on Doctor, Nurse Numbers

Usamate Discusses Specifics on Doctor, Nurse Numbers
November 18
08:51 2015

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, yesterday informed Parliament on the specific number of doctors and nurses who will be deployed in medical centres around the country next year.
“In 2016 an additional 150 doctors and 200 nursing positions will be established,” he said.
Mr Usamate said this would bring closer their target of a ratio of one doctor to 1000 people and four nurses to every 1000 people.
“CWM will receive 36 additional doctors and 20 nurses, Lautoka – 30 new doctors and 15 nurses, Labasa – 24 doctors and 15 nurses, St Giles Hospital – 5 nurses, Tamavua Twomey – 5 nurses, Central Division – 10 doctors and 25 nurses, Eastern Division – 10 doctors and 25 nurses, Western Division – 20 doctors and 50 nurses and Northern Division – 20 doctors and 40 nurses,” he said.
The amount of $9million has been allocated for this.
As for staff members who had reached the retirement age, the Minister said they would be retained if there was need to retain their services.
The ministry, he said, was also developing career paths for people who wished to take specialist nursing positions.
In terms of education, $1million would be set aside for training and educating of staff,” he said.
“There will be a strong focus on developing our local medical personnel who wish to specialise.”
The ministry would also look at people who have secured scholarships in China, Cuba and Georgia and would continue to recruit from other countries.

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