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Akbar Outlines Hospital Services

Hospitals that provide inpatient services operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. They will also generally see outpatients from 8.30am to 4.00pm and have staff available to respond to emergencies after working hours or
24 Mar 2017 10:47
Akbar Outlines Hospital Services
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Hospitals that provide inpatient services operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

They will also generally see outpatients from 8.30am to 4.00pm and have staff available to respond to emergencies after working hours or during public holidays.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar gave the details in Parliament yesterday in response to a question on the opening hours.

Government MP Alivereti Nabulivou had asked the question.

Ms Akbar also informed the House that:

Most urban health centres are open on weekdays (Monday to Friday) with General Outpatient services normally ceasing at 4.00pm, but staff may be rostered to deal with any emergencies until the Centre closes at 10pm.

The urban health centres in Suva-Nausori corridor also operate a single eight-hour shift from 8am to 4pm on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

All health facilities which provide primary health care services are also available for emergencies between 1pm and 2pm.

At busier urban primary health care facilities, general outpatient services are fully operational during staff lunch hours because they are able to roster nursing and/or medical cover during that period

“It is common, in most health systems, for patients to wait for non-urgent treatment.

“At times when staff are required to deal with an emergency or urgent patients (based on a triaging system) delays may be experienced by general outpatients. I would hope that no-one would consider that inappropriate and would be content to wait a little longer while someone with more urgent needs are attended to.”

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula claimed that recently he waited 10 hours at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital before he was seen.

Ms Akbar asked Mr Nawaikula when was the last time he visited the hospital?

She encouraged the public to raise their concerns about the length of waiting time with senior staff.

“In that way, any concerns can be addressed there and then. It should only be necessary for anyone to contact the Ministry of Health if the issue cannot be resolved locally.”

SODELPA Opposition MP, Anare Vadei, asked whether medical staff were being paid overtime.

Ms Akbar said all medical staff were mandated to be paid for overtime.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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