Health ministry not capable, says union

Fiji Times, July 24, 2005

The Ministry of Health should be reviewed as it is not capable of responsibilities says the Fiji Public Service Association.

Association secretary Rajeshwar Singh made the comment following the Auditor-General's investigations into the ministry's gross breach of financial procedures in a scale repair project.

The investigations into the ministry's finances stemmed from the spiralling amount of money paid by the ministry for the repair of its scales.

Junior accounting officers were alleged to have been signing cheques for more than $9000, something the chief executive of the ministry was only authorised to do.

"It is a scam and the issue should be investigated because the ministry is not capable of anything," said Mr Singh.

He said the Ministry of Health had not been effective in handling Fiji's growing health sector and its problems.

"It seems they cannot even pay the nurses but now this scam has shown they cannot even handle normal procedure," he said.

"The ministry really needs revamping because right now health professionals are leaving the country because they are poorly paid by the ministry," Mr Singh said.

Nurses have threatened industrial action after talks with the ministry over log of claims broke down.

Nurses have consistently left Fiji for better job offers overseas after Government could not pay them adequately.

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