12 Dec 2013

Suspension of Vanuatu medical workers lifted

2:15 pm on 12 December 2013

The suspension of about 100 nurses and other medical workers in Vanuatu has been lifted after just 24 hours off the job.

The acting director-general of health, Dr Santus Wari, told staff on Tuesday that they were suspended for six months on half pay.

But yesterday the Prime Minister's office indicated it wanted the suspensions lifted and staff today received letters of reinstatement.

Staff were suspended after signing a petition, asking the prime minister, Moana Carcasses, to remove the health minister, Serge Vohor, and Dr Wari over the revamping of the health system and a lack of consultation.

The Vanuatu Nurses' Association says nurses feel frightened to voice their opinions because of the threat of suspension or demotion.