25 Nov 2013

Accountability sought over poor state of Fiji's hospitals

6:42 am on 25 November 2013

The head of a non-government organisation in Fiji says the health system has been deteriorating for years and it's worse under the current government because there's no accountability.

The political grouping, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, says hospital staff are over-worked, forced to use inferior medical supplies, and working in cramped conditions.

The director of the Fiji Womens Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali, says they hear horror stories nearly every day from patients who have been neglected or treated in poor conditions.

She says people have died because of delays in care, but there's no recourse for anyone with a complaint.

"It's become worse over the last few years because there isn't any accountability so one cannot complain, can't make the complaints public so it gets worse because there is no one demanding accountability. We're hearing stories almost every day."

Shamima Ali.

The Minister of Health Dr Neil Sharma says funding has been allocated for upgrades but refused to comment further