2 Jul 2002

Fiji doctors work to rule continues to cause problems at major hospitals

10:33 am on 2 July 2002

Specialist clinics at Fiji's main hospitals have remained closed as doctors stage a work to rule protest.

But Lautoka hospital is reported to be the least affected because it employs a large number of expatriate dotors who are not a party to the work to rule.

The doctor's protest has been resumed after two months to press for hourly payments for work done after normal hours and at weekends.

During talks yesterday, the public service commission agreed to the payment of hourly rates but the decision is subject to approval by the cabinet which meets later this week.

Doctors who did not want to be identified by name are quoted as saying they will maintain the protest until a decision is finalised.

Meanwhile Fiji's normally long waiting lists for surgery are reported to be getting even longer as a result of the protest.