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Locum Medics To Be Paid For Their Services

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, says locum doctors are going to be paid for their services. During her visit to the Nadi Hospital yesterday Ms Akbar
04 Oct 2016 11:00
Locum Medics To Be Paid For Their Services
Minister for Health and Medical service Rosy Akbar with 69 year old Janki Amma at Nadi Hospital yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, says locum doctors are going to be paid for their services.

During her visit to the Nadi Hospital yesterday Ms Akbar said general practitioners and specialists would be paid separate rates.

“We are going to pay General Practitioners who are going to do locums for us $50 an hour and for specialist doctors coming in for special services we are going to pay them a rate of $80 an hour,” Ms Akbar said.

She said two locum doctors began work at the Nadi Hospital yesterday.

“The locums have started and we are trying to see how best we can accommodate two more locums to ease the waiting queues,” Ms Akbar said.

Sub-divisional Medical Officer Dr Abdul Shah said currently Nadi Hospital had only 80 nurses and 15 doctors.

“The doctors we share are from Namaka Health Centre and two who are assigned here on a shift basis,” Dr Shah said.

A locum doctor is the one who is temporarily fulfilling the duties of another doctor.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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