Calls for Gizo Hospital Staff to Return to Work
The Western Province Acting Director for Health Service, Gunter Kittel, has appealed to striking staff of the Gizo Hospital to return to work. Dr. Kittel says the situation in which only a skeleton staff is working at the Gizo Hospital is unacceptable. Dr. Kittel says while he himself is still feeling fit and strong as do other colleague doctors, it will be impossible to avoid patients being affected by the situation. He says he cannot allow the few dedicated staff members to work 16 hours a day and taking night calls.
Striking Workers Resume Duty
The strike taken by more than 200 government nurses, seconded staff and direct employees of the Ministry of Health and Medical services at the Gizo hospital, in Gizo, Western Province has relaxed with the recalling of some of its staff, 13 days into the strike action. Samson Maena Chairman of the Gizo Tsunami Working Committee confirms to SIBC News that the recalling of some of its staff is in response to the steps the government has taken to deliberate further on the issue in Cabinet. Mr. Maena says he has been assured by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health that a Cabinet paper is being prepared for Cabinet to deliberate on the issue.