20 Dec 2013

Vanuatu Nurses Association dismisses strike rumours

6:41 pm on 20 December 2013

The Vanuatu Nurses Association says nurses do not plan to strike on Christmas Day, despite the Government not acknowledging their petition.

Three weeks ago, nurses petitioned the Prime Minister to remove the current minister of health, Serge Vohor, and the acting director general of health, Doctor Santos Wari.

Dr Wari suspended about 100 nurses following the petition but they were reinstated by the Government just a day later.

The association's acting president, Anne Pakoa, says nurses want an answer from the Government over the petition - whatever that answer may be.

There is kind of a plan B if we don't hear anything from the honourable Prime Minister but to just put everyone at ease because it is Christmas and the New Years' season is here, and just to put everyone at peace, we're not thinking about a strike.

Anne Pakoa says it is a shame that the problem could not be solved earlier to prevent it becoming such a public issue.