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Bhatnagar Calls For Public Intervention

Assistant Health Minister Veena Bhatnagar has called on the public to voice their opinions during public consultations in the Western Division. Ms Bhatnagar started her tour yesterday visiting Sigatoka Hospital
13 Jan 2015 09:00
Bhatnagar Calls For Public Intervention
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar during her visit to the Sigatoka Hospital yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Assistant Health Minister Veena Bhatnagar has called on the public to voice their opinions during public consultations in the Western Division.

Ms Bhatnagar started her tour yesterday visiting Sigatoka Hospital and later attended a public consultation at the Sigatoka Town Council.

She was met by a handful of people.

“It is time to visit the Western Division after a busy schedule in Parliament. This is a good opportunity to meet the people,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“It is time to see how our staff are doing in their respective hospitals. I strongly feel that public feedback is very important for what we do and that is the reason I invited people to come out.

“I invite people from all divisions in Nadi and Lautoka. I expect people to come in big numbers to share their frustrations if they have an idea to share, or their grievances.

She said that there was a need to improve customer services.

“That is not only for the negative, I am looking for positives as to where an improvement is required or to be enhanced.”

Ms Bhatnagar was impressed after her tour of the Sigatoka Hospital.

Navosa Soqosoqo Vakamarama representative and retired nursing sister Lanieta Matavesi welcomed the public consultation.

“This is a great move by the Assistant Minister and the ministry as we try to improve the health services,” Ms Matavesi said.

“There are a lot of issues to be raised and we hope those issues are resolved,” she said.

The next public consultation will be held at the Nadi Civic Auditorium today and Lautoka’s Shirley Park tomorrow from 10.30am – 2pm.

Public consultations will continue next week on Monday at Tavua Town Council (11am to 2pm) and Ba Town Council chambers from 10.30am to 2pm. On January 24, it will move to Penang Sangam High School Hall from 10am to 2pm.

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