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Akbar reminds doctors to uphold ethical standards

Physicians from around the country were officially stamped in as doctors yester­day and ready to be dispatched to various health facilities. Sixty-eight doctors were inducted into a health system that
18 Jan 2018 11:00
Akbar reminds doctors to uphold ethical standards
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar to at the 2018 Doctors Induction on January 17, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Physicians from around the country were officially stamped in as doctors yester­day and ready to be dispatched to various health facilities.

Sixty-eight doctors were inducted into a health system that the Min­ister for Health and Medical Ser­vices, Rosy Akbar, intends to suffi­ciently staff.

Ms Akbar referenced the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath in urging the inductees to uphold ethical stand­ards. She asked the doctors to put the people first while carrying out their role.

From left:Nunia Kautoga,Marshanell Leong,Li Guang Yin,Brian Malani and Alisi Waqa during the 2018 Doctors Induction on January 17, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

From left:Nunia Kautoga,Marshanell Leong,Li Guang Yin,Brian Malani and Alisi Waqa during the 2018 Doctors Induction on January 17, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

“It saddens me when I hear re­ports of doctors who are rude, or perceived to be uncaring, in their dealings with patients,” she said.

“I firmly believe that the vast ma­jority of our patients receive excel­lent care but let us not forget that although we are providing them a service free of charge, we are treat­ing our people who have feelings.”

She said doctors needed to “ques­tion and challenge” inappropriate or unsafe behavior.

“I ask you please treat your pa­tients, your colleagues and your working environment with care and respect,” she added.

(Standing from left):Kelera Tukana,Ilisapeci Tabua,Komal Chand,Zeba Begum,Monisha Sharma,Neelam Karishma,Swastika Chetty (sitting from left):Teresio Tavuki,Adi Kelera Niumataiwalu,Merisha Nand. at the 2018 Doctors Induction on January 17, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

(Standing from left):Kelera Tukana,Ilisapeci Tabua,Komal Chand,Zeba Begum,Monisha Sharma,Neelam Karishma,Swastika Chetty
(sitting from left):Teresio Tavuki,Adi Kelera Niumataiwalu,Merisha Nand.
at the 2018 Doctors Induction on January 17, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

“I know there will be times when you are confronted by a patient who is unreasonable, argumentative or simply unpleasant – but you must remain calm and professional.”

The Ministry of Civil Service will assign the doctors to their new sta­tions.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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