21 Dec 2005

The striking PNG nurses in arbitration while main hospital cuts back most services

2:40 pm on 21 December 2005

The Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea has shut down all bar essential services after authorities determined that it was critically short of nurses and could not function normally.

It follows around four thousand nurses across the country going on strike on Monday over demands for improved wages and conditions.

Some stand in staff have been brought in but the country's main hospital has confirmed that most activities have ground to a halt.

Meanwhile, the striking nurses have been called to an urgent meeting with the Chairman of Arbitration.

The Nurses Association's President Lawrence Namaro says they're hopeful of a positive outcome.

"The members are really hoping that we get something positive. We will go down to the tribunal now and we hope that they will come good because the members are waiting to see if something comes out from the meeting."