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More Locum Doctors To Help In Major Hospitals

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will enhance the health services in major hospitals around the country by pooling more doctors to assist during the peak operating hours. “This
19 Oct 2016 11:00
More Locum Doctors To Help In Major Hospitals
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (right) on a tour of medical facilities. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will enhance the health services in major hospitals around the country by pooling more doctors to assist during the peak operating hours.

“This arrangement is already underway with the Nadi Hospital and the Ministry plans to broaden this strategy across the Nausori Hospital and Colonial War Memorial hospital,” the Minister of Health, Rosy Akbar, said in a statement.

“Pooling of locum doctors is a way to reduce patient waiting hours in hospitals.

“We will be bringing in more locum doctors to ease the long queues in the hospitals and at the moment we have started to get the locum doctors at Nadi.

“Currently we are in discussions with the Fiji College of General Practitioners and they are positive in assisting us.

“So basically with these are the doctors coming in to assist our doctors during their shifts.

“We are also looking at having more personnel to assist our pharmacists so those plans are in progress.

“When we visited Nadi Hospital, we had discussions with the staff, from next Monday we will have 3 more locum doctors and we will also address space shortage at the Nadi Hospital.”

Ms Akbar said that in the next phase, the locum doctor arrangement would expand to other hospitals.

“These general practitioners will come and work within the slots we give them so we have the numbers and all we need to do is to organise how and when they will join our hospitals,” Ms Akbar said.

“So the next phase is to trail the locum doctors at Nausori Hospital before moving to CWM Hospital and other hospitals.

“It’s a temporary solution as we try to recruit more doctors to assist.

“We got to understand that as much as we want to push in more doctors, we also need to expand other services like the pharmacies so if we decrease the patient waiting time, then we need to have more personnel in other areas as well.”

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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