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Students’ clinical practise at hospital sorted: A-G

A complaint by medical students that they can’t do clinical practise at Lautoka Hospital has been sorted out. Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, gave this assurance yesterday during
12 May 2017 10:48
Students’ clinical practise at hospital sorted: A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum talking to students at the Budget Consultations at the University of Fiji in Lautoka on May 11, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

A complaint by medical students that they can’t do clinical practise at Lautoka Hospital has been sorted out.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, gave this assurance yesterday during Budget consultations at the University of Fiji Lautoka campus.

He said: “Somebody e-mailed me from this school and also Minister Akbar (Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar).

“Someone also threatened to go the media or do other things but from what I understand the matter had been resolved – correct me if I am wrong.

“I talked to Minister Akbar over this and I agree with you that there should not be any discrimination and of course this is not Government policy as such.

“Possibility it could be the Administrator who has done this and this has been resolved,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

A third year MBBS student of the University of Fiji claimed they had problems trying to get clinical exposure at the Lautoka Hospital.

She alleged Lautoka Hospital refused to allow students to practise there from Year Four.

“Fiji School of Medicine is allowed to do this from Year One and our Year Four and Five were not allowed – only Year Six.”

She said they had to go through a lot of problems to distribute Year Four students throughout the Western Division.

“We want better medical fields and doctors and if we are not allowed to do this at the Lautoka Hospital how can we achieve this? It is only at Lautoka Hospital.”

Other issues raised:

  •  Shaniza Shanaz Nisha (Bachelor of Information Technology) said she had heard over the media that if students were suspended from TELS, they had to pay $200 extra to Government to offset Government debt.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that was wrong and if it was being done then this needed to be stopped. He said if media organisations were talking about is then this was not true.

  •  Ezekiel Rajeev Chand, an MBBS student, said if students were downgraded from National Toppers to TELS why couldn’t this be done the other way, from TELS to Toppers? Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that had also been brought to his attention.

“Obviously when we started off with Toppers, the idea of the Toppers was that we give preference to scholarships as this was more skewed towards science subjects. So if you are, for example, in TELS doing something that is not science but you want to go on to Toppers obviously we will not give you that or they will not give it to you because of that fact that it is not a science subject.” He said if students were on TELS and in sciences and if they wanted to get into Toppers that system was something that needed to be worked out.

  •  Would jobs be available after university students finish their courses? Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there would be jobs but whether there was enough jobs to take up the positions of all the graduates was something that needed to be looked into.

“There are many areas where we have shortage of skill sets. I cannot say that all of you will get jobs immediately after you get out of university. I would be lying to you but this is the reason why I have talked about the economic growth. You need to be able to have a Government that’s focused on economic growth.”

  •  A student requested for a bus bay to be built in front of the university as students usually got wet during rainy weather. The present bus stop was far from the university. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he would look into that and have talks with the Fiji Roads Authority.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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