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Akbar Instructs All Hospitals to Ensure Nurses’ Transport, Safety

Akbar Instructs All Hospitals to Ensure Nurses’ Transport, Safety
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies
October 05
13:44 2017

All hospitals in Fiji have been instructed to make sure that all nurses are transported safely to their homes at the end of their shifts, according to the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies.

Following concerns raised during the Attorney-General’s nationwide roadshows with Fijian civil servants, the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, held meetings with Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) senior management to discuss issues relating to nurse transportation.

“We were deeply disturbed to learn that some nurses were routinely being dropped off far from their homes when they knock off from their shifts late at night,” Ms Akbar said.

“We have been told that some are being left to find their own way home. This is obviously unacceptable as it is a serious threat to our nurses’ safety,” she said.

“I’ve taken these concerns to the CWMH management and they have confirmed that this was not authorised by senior management.”

Ms Akbar has instructed all other hospitals throughout Fiji to provide alternative approaches to transport to make sure that nurses reach their homes safely.

“Hospitals can use additional vehicles or use the provision of subsidies for taxi fares,” she said.

“The safety of our staff – including our nurses – must always come first. I want to give all our nurses every assurance that this situation will be remedied as a matter of urgency.

“We apologise that your safety was being compromised as a result of this issue,” she said.

Source: DEPTFO News

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