Gov­ern­ment doc­tors pay rise is pleas­ant news, says Dr Fa­ti­aki

Fiji Sun - - 2016-17 National Budget - ASHNA KU­MAR SUVA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­

It’s about time the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion is recog­nised, says the Pres­i­dent of Fiji Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers. Dr John Fa­ti­aki said he was de­lighted with Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­crease the pay for Gov­ern­ment-paid doc­tors.

“This is pleas­ant news for all for us,” he said. Dr Fa­ti­aki also said he was glad Gov­ern­ment recog­nised their pro­fes­sion. “Our doc­tors have stud­ied and worked hard for many years and it was about time we get some recog­ni­tion.” He said that this pay rise would in­crease bet­ter ser­vice as well as in­crease the num­ber of doc­tors in Fiji.

“This will also help us to keep our highly qual­i­fied doc­tors within the coun­try and pro­vide ser­vice to all Fi­jians. “Stu­dents who will be en­ter­ing the medicine field will also ben­e­fit as they will get bet­ter pay from the start of their doc­tor­ate ca­reer,” Dr Fa­ti­aki said.

In the 2016-2017 Bud­get, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on Wed­nes­day an­nounced the pay in­crease from 56 per cent to 81 per cent for all Gov­ern­ment-paid doc­tors.

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