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Three-Month Extension For Contracts

Three-Month Extension For Contracts
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar
July 13
10:34 2018

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has assured nurse interns whose contracts expire next month that they have nothing to fear in terms of job security.

This is after the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, announced that the contracts would be extended for another three months.

This is to ensure that no one is disadvantaged while the selection process and issuing of contracts to successful interns takes place in the next two to three weeks.

Ms Akbar’s comments to the Fiji Sun came in the wake of concerns raised by some nurse interns that they had been sent home and were told to wait for calls, if selected for interviews.

Meanwhile, Ms Akbar said no such directive was issued to any intern and such a policy did not exist.

She said the processing of registered nurses’ positions would be completed in the next two weeks and this included the interns who applied for the positions that were advertised.

There were 120 positions that were advertised, which did not include the vacant positions at the main hospitals like the Colonial War Memorial, Labasa and Lautoka hospitals, she said.

There are currently 248 interns in Fiji.

“Therefore there are more vacant registered nurses positions than the number of interns that we have,” Ms Akbar said.

“As such interns can be assured of a post provided they are meritorious in the selection process.”

She added that at present there were 390 applications for the 120 posts advertised.

“The remaining meritorious candidates will be offered the vacant positions that were not advertised,” Ms Akbar said.

She guaranteed that the interns had nothing to worry about.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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