29 Jun 2005

American Samoa medical centre cuts workers hours to save money

10:21 am on 29 June 2005

More than 200 employees at American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre, the territory's only medical facility, are to have their working hours reduced by 8 hours a week.

Hospital authorities say the cuts, which will apply to all staff except those in emergency services and inpatient wards, are a necessity in order to make ends meet at the hospital.

Hospital Authority Board chairman, Charles Warren says the cuts follow a recent review of the hospital's budget and are designed to help contain LBJ's financial crisis.

He says salaries make up the largest part of the Centre's expenses.

The duration of the reduced hours is not known at this time, but may extend to the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.