7 May 2002

Fiji hospitals reduce services after talks break down

3:55 am on 7 May 2002

Fiji hospitals have been forced to sharply cut back services from last night.

This follows the breakdown of talks between the public service commission and doctors over their on-call allowance of 50 cents for up to eighteen hours.

Doctors have withdrawn their services after hours when rostered to be on call.

Hospitals have suspended most services such as specialist and follow-up clinics.

But general outpatients and emergency services will be available by withdrawing doctors from other services and rostering them on eight hour shifts.

The PSC has offered to increase the 50 cents on-call allowance to 4 dollars thirty US, but this has been rejected by the doctors.