13 Dec 2013

All Vanuatu health care suspensions lifted

2:41 pm on 13 December 2013

The Vanuatu Nurses' Association says it understands all medical staff suspended by the acting director general of health have now had their suspensions lifted.

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

The suspensions followed 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 Association's vice-president, Anne Pakoa, says nurses feel frightened to voice their opinions because of the threat of suspension or demotion.