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Put Yourself In Patients’ Shoes, PM Tells Doctors

Put Yourself In Patients’ Shoes, PM Tells Doctors
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama presented with a token of appreciation by Dr Gyaneshwar Rao at Fiji Medical Association Scientific Conference at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour on September 8, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 09
11:32 2017

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday told doctors to put themselves in patients’ shoes.

He said that it would help them understand patients’ health status and treatment options.

Mr Bainimarama made the remarks when opening the Fiji Medical Association’s 59th Annual Scientific Conference at The Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour.

He said just as he is a servant to the Fijian people as their Prime Minister, medical professionals are also here to serve, help, and to save lives.

He told them that their commitment to patients had the greatest impact on the faith people have in our healthcare system.

He added that it was all about communication.

From left: Fiji Medical Association president Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at The Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour on September 8, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

From left: Fiji Medical Association president Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at The Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour on September 8, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

 

 

“Never forget that the patients you serve are ordinary men and women – they and their families have anxieties, they have concerns and they have questions. Questions you need to be there to answer, anxieties and concerns that you need to be there to assuage.

“Depending on how you handle those interactions, depending on the effort you put in with each patient, you can be seen as a voice of comfort and reason, or as a cold and distant operator,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama reminded medical professionals that they need to be a source of comfort and rational voice in patients’ moments of need.

He said one of the best ways to measure the success of a government and a nation’s progress is by looking at the health and wellbeing of its citizens.

“Looking at the health outcomes of Fijians tells us an enormous amount about the lives they lead and about the job we are all doing to help them live longer, healthier and better,” he said.

“I have said it many times before: a healthy Fiji means a better Fiji. Healthy people are happier, they are more productive and more capable of helping us realise the great potential of this nation.”

Mr Bainimarama told participants that caring for citizens was ultimately the most sacred function of any government, adding that the Fijian Government prioritises this.

“Over the years, I have seen that we have made steady progress in making Fiji a healthier place to call home, but I am here to tell you that I am confident we can do better.”

Medical Association President Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete thanked the Prime Minister for availing himself at the opening ceremony.

“For you to be here today Sir, is a sign that you value us as fellow servants in looking after the people of Fiji,” Dr Waqainabete said.

 

 

On-call allowances finalised

Government has finalised the payment of on-call allowances for doctors. That will now be paid out separately to them.

The payout is to ensure transparency in the process.

Mr Bainimarama said his Government recognised the importance of medical professionals. He said this was why doctors were receiving received substantial pay increases.

“We know how valuable you are. And as part of the reforms we are making to the Civil Service, doctor’s jobs have been evaluated and the Job Evaluation Leadership Team is currently finalizing additional moderations to your salaries,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“And next week, we will be announcing the final salary increases across your profession, as determined by the job evaluations.”

 

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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