14 Sep 2009

Solomons' MP says higher level of nursing training needed

5:50 pm on 14 September 2009

A parliamentary special select committee hearing in Solomon Islands into the functioning of the National Referral Hospital has been told the level of qualification held by local nurses is too low.

During his presentation, Opposition MP, Patterson Oti, said the diseases being dealt with today required a much higher level of qualification among the nurses in the country.

He said the training being offered in country only reaches diploma level and must be upgraded.

Mr Oti said the training offered for doctors meets world standards but not that's not the case for nursing.

The parliamentary review into the functions and capabilities of the National Referral Hospital is the first of its kind and will be hearing submissions from local and overseas medical experts.