In­creased funds means more doc­tors: Usa­mate

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Health Min­is­ter Jone Usa­mate said the in­creased fund­ing for the min­istry af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the 2016-17 Na­tional Bud­get gave him as­sur­ance that more doc­tors would be re­tained to serve the coun­try. Mr Usa­mate was speak­ing yes­ter­day at the Fiji Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva. He said: “We have set our­selves a vi­sion which with­out our gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers, we can­not achieve our goals.

“I believe the con­tri­bu­tion of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers have tremen­dously contributed in Fiji’s health and med­i­cal ser­vice.

“The Fiji Coun­cil of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers has contributed in a big num­ber in pro­vid­ing a bet­ter med­i­cal ser­vice to all Fi­jians and I am thank­ful for the whole team for sup­port­ing us and serv­ing our coun­try,” He said he was hop­ing the in­crease in the bud­get for Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices would give them an op­por­tu­nity to keep their qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors and nurses in the coun­try. “I am look­ing for­ward in ex­per­i­ment­ing in new man­age­rial styles to ed­u­cate and sup­port our cur­rent med­i­cal stu­dents,” he said.

“As we are look­ing at a pos­si­bil­ity of the new Ba Hospi­tal, I am hop­ing that the cur­rent gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers will pro­vide guid­ance and ed­u­cated our new­com­ers in the field of medicine in pro­vid­ing bet­ter ser­vices. Mr Usa­mate said that it was an­nounced in the Bud­get that the Govern­ment would now cater for the post-grad­u­ate train­ing for med­i­cal stu­dents. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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