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Hospital fees in healthy economy

Fiji Times, April 26, 2007 Fees for health services at public hospitals will be considered once the economy improves, says interim Health Minister, Doctor Jona Senilagakali. He said costs for such services should be footed by the public, especially those who could afford it. There was widespread public debate on the issue when it was first suggested earlier this year that members of the public pay a fee at hospitals. Dr Senilagakali said keeping the services free as was the case now was a very costly exercise. ... Hospital

Health Minister Challenges Nurses

Fijivillage, April 4, 2007
The Health Ministry has now sent a clear message to the Fiji Nurses Association, saying that nurses will not walk off their jobs despite the union's stance that it will continue to fight the pay cut and reduction of the retirement age. Minister, Doctor Jona Baravilala Senilagakali said he has issued the challenge to the nurses union and now hopes that they understand that they provide essential services to the people of the country. © Copyright 2003 Fijivillage.com

Nurses won’t strike - Senilagakali

Fijivillage, March 23, 2007
Health Minister, Dr Jona Senilagakali is confident that nurses will not go on strike with the remaining civil servants over the 5% pay cut, the reduction of the retirement age and the withdrawal for the partnership agreement. Senilagakali believes that when it comes to the crunch time, the nurses will put money aside and put the patients first. Today is the last day for nurses to cast their votes with results released on April 28th. Postal ballots continue to pour in. © Copyright 2003 Fijivillage.com

Nurses count strike votes

Fiji Times, March 22, 2007 The results of the Fiji Nursing Association secret ballot of its 1400 members will be released next month, says general secretary Kuini Lutua. She said they completed ballots for nurses in the Western Division on Tuesday and nurses working in Suva and Nausori will vote today. "A team went to Vunidawa and Tailevu yesterday and we have only the Suva, Nausori stations left and are awaiting postal ballots from nurses in the islands," she said. Mrs Lutua said they should have the results out next month. She said there was a good turnout of nurses so far. ... Nurses

Nurses' union seeks strike mandate

Fijilive, March 22, 2007 The Fiji Nursing Association general secretary Kuini Lutua says nurses are willing to go on strike to protest civil service pay cuts by the interim administration. This comment comes as the FNA began a secret ballot of its 1400 members aimed at seeking a strike mandate with results of the ballot expected on April 28. Lutua said while FNA respects Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's opposition to the strike, the unions have an obligation to fulfil that is to protect the interests of their members. In a strong statement, Commodore Bainimarama said the Fiji Military would be compelled to take action to protect people if trade unions proceed with a national strike. ... Nurses

Fiji Cancer Society worried if nurses go on strike

Village News, March 20, 2007 A public servants strike will have an adverse effect on many people, mainly seriously ill patients admitted in hospitals. The Fiji Cancer Society is concerned that strike action could see many cancer patients sent home if the hospitals work with skeleton staff. Society Secretary Janice Ali said they will have to get assistance from Society volunteers and immediate relatives of the patients to look after them while some patients could be sent home if the strike does go ahead. ... Fiji

FNA concerned over nurses welfare

Fijivillage, March 5, 2007
The Fiji Nursing Association has made a submission to the Commonwealth Nursing Association to have an agreement signed that will ensure Fijian nurses working overseas are well looked after. Following complaints that Fijian nurses have been cheated by their overseas employers, FNA General Secretary Kuini Lutua said that they hope the agreement will provide security for the nurses. Meanwhile the FNA believes that Fiji could soon experience an exodus of nurses due to the 5 percent pay cut for civil servants which comes into effect this week. © Copyright 2003 Fijivillage.com

Mckinnon to assist nurses

Fijiillage, March 4, 2007
Commonwealth General Secretary Don McKinnon is planning to come to Fiji to look into the plight of nurses in the country as the Fiji Nurses Association now gathers a strike mandate over the 5 percent pay cut announced for civil servants. Speaking to Radio Australia McKinnon said the Commonwealth can not bear to see Fiji's nurses go on a Nation wide strike and they will try to solve the differences between the Interim regime and the FNA. McKinnon said he will meet with the FNA Officials to discuss ways to help the nurses. It is not known when McKinnon is expected in the country. FNA General Secretary Kuini Lutua is expected to comment later today. © Copyright 2003 Fijivillage.com

It's okay with us: Nurses

Fiji Times, March 3, 2007
The Fiji Nurses Association is comfortable with the budget allocation for the Health Ministry. General secretary Kuini Lutua said while the budget cut was obvious, they were happy with plans to upgrade hospitals in Labasa and Ba. The health ministry was allocated $150.8 million in the revised budget. "This is a good sign on our side because we will be able to have more jobs for the nurses," she said."We are really contended with the allocation of $9.5m for drugs and $1.5m for upgrading works in urban hospitals," Ms Lutua said. "Despite all that, the economy had gone through we are grateful for what has been allocated to the Health Ministry. "I believe that the nurses will always enjoy serving in hospitals that are well equipped and up to standard. Government's commitment to upgrade the Labasa and Ba hospitals is a good sign because it will mean nurses will be able to work in a worthy environment," she said.

Vague future for TISI nurses

Fiji Times, January 25, 2007 The Ministry of Health has advised Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam that their graduate nurses may not be employed by government despite signing a Memorandum of Agreement. The MOA was signed between the Ministry of Health and the TISI Sangam at the Health headquarters in Suva yesterday. Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Asaeli Tamanitoakula said the ministry was happy to continue working in partnership with TISI Sangam as they saw the potential the Sangam School of Nursing graduates had. General manager of the Nursing School Sada Naicker said they were aware that government may not take the graduates from the Sangam Nursing School but they were considering other avenues for them. ... Vague

55 is the ideal age: Nurses

Fiji Times, January 3, 2007 The Fiji Nurses Association has welcomed the proposed idea of reducing the retirement age from 60 to 55 years. The proposal to reduce the retirement age was made by military-appointed Prime Minister Doctor Jona Senilagakali. General secretary of the association Kuini Lutua said the association welcomed the idea. "We are looking at this from the perspective of the people who would be retiring at the age of 55 years," said Ms Lutua. ... 55

Nurses query health flaws

Fiji Times, October 21, 2006
The Fiji Nursing Association says nurses should not be blamed for something that doctors should be responsible for. FNA general secretary Kuini Lutua was reacting to comments by medical officials that the advice given by nurses to pregnant women was a factor in the high number of women dying during or after pregnancy last year. Mrs Lutua said only doctors could confirm cases such as ectopic pregnancies after a thorough examination. She said if the nurses suspected an ectopic pregnancy from a woman's vitals, they knew it was an emergency. "When it comes to the delivery of babies, the nurses monitor and make the delivery and these are recorded under the doctor's name because the doctor is in charge," she said. "Only when there is a complication, then the doctors are called.

Nurses advice a factor in deaths

Ernest Healtey, Fiji Times, October 19, 2006 Conflicting advice from nurses to women seeking pre-natal check-ups contributed to the high number of women dying from birth complications last year, a health official says. The Ministry of Health's national advisor on family and reproductive health Doctor Josaia Samuela made the comment over revelations that 12 women died during and immediately after childbirth last year. "I am aware of a few cases and the question we need to ask is are they getting the right messages from nurses. I think clinicians need to be sending the right messages to mothers," Dr Samuela said. ... Nurses

Nurses beg for peace, stability

Fiji Times, March 20, 2006
It is unfair for the Government to approve funds for purchase of guns while the health care is in dire need of funds to improve the services, says general secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association, Kuini Lutua. Ms Lutua said the association was against spending huge sums of money on guns while nurses and health professionals struggle to look after patients with limited medical and human resources. "Nurses care for patients no matter what their race or beliefs," Ms Lutua said. "Nurses seek non-violent and democratic alternatives as we experience the overwhelmingly negative effects on health," she said. She said looking at conflicts and destruction in other parts of the world, nurses are compelled to add their voice and say Nurses beg for peace and not guns. Ms Lutua said the police and military, should not be allowed to compete in possessing guns, instead, they should be partners in promoting national security and stability. "The FNA is concerned that government is approving investment of its funds for the purchase of guns and not to provide adequate resources in health care to benefit the people of Fiji. Nurses are also married to members the security forces. The experience of the few that had to attend to injured spouse and relatives in the 2000 events is still very fresh." She said the $1.5 million worth of guns purchased was taking the country on the wrong road. "The money could have been put to good use to help the ordinary poor people, displaced farmers, unemployed head of families and send children to school. Please commander and chiefs make the right choice for the people of Fiji. The inhuman trade in weapons has devastating effects on health and well being of children," she said. She said guns have been known to kill mothers and children in war torn countries but in Fiji it has killed fathers and sons, leaving orphans, widows and no one to care for them. "We must not allow ourselves to travel that road again because life is too precious to be taken out at gunpoint," she said.

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Zinck Concerned with DPP's Office

Fiji Village, March 12, 2006

The Minister for Labour is today raising concerns at the rate in which the Director for Public Prosecution is concluding the case against the leader of a major union in the country.

Kenneth Zinck said that the files regarding the illegal strike by the Nurses Association was forwarded to the DPP, yet months later no charges have been laid on any of the executives.

Zinck said that while he sympathizes with the DPP, the charges must be laid or other union leaders will continue with illegal strikes. ... Zinck

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