16 Nov 2005

Samoa PM issues ultimatum to striking doctors

10:23 am on 16 November 2005

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, has told the country's striking doctors that they have until 4.30 today to return to work or face dismissal.

Speaking on state-owned television last night the prime minister said all those who fail to show up at work by today's deadline will face other measures.

Those who studied on government scholarships and have bonds will face legal action for payment,

They will also be prohibited from leaving the country.

14 of the 28 doctors on strike are on bond.

Tuilaepa also said that doctors occupying government houses will be asked to vacate them within 7 days.

Earlier the government had ordered the doctors to return to work by 8 am yesterday morning.

Two doctors are reported to have returned to work yesterday.