3 Mar 2008

Doctor shortage in PNG forces people to go private or miss out on treatment

4:47 pm on 3 March 2008

Private hospitals, health centres and clinics in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea are being swamped by city residents because Port Moresby General Hospital does not have enough doctors.

The Post Courier newspaper says referrals from small clinics are often not attended to because there is a shortage of doctors.

The paper reports that the hospital pharmacy also does not have enough drugs, even life saving medicines, so those in need have to go to private doctors or private pharmacies to get medicine.