31 Mar 2009

Fiji military shifts care contract from New Zealand to India

10:00 am on 31 March 2009

Fiji's military has dumped a contract with New Zealand's Wakefield Health, worth over a quarter of million US and opted for an Indian provider instead.

The withdrawal follows political sanctions imposed on Fiji by New Zealand that bans military personnel and their immediate family from entering the country.

The contract allowed military personnel, including the interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to have access to health services at Wakefield Health.

The Commodore was treated at Wakefield for a heart condition before the 2006 coup.

Fiji Live reports the regime has now opted for India's Batra Hospital.

A government statement issued last week announcing Mr Banimarama's visit to India stated he would be inspecting facilities at the Batra Hospital.