21 Apr 2005

Samoan doctors limit work hours, threaten strike action over pay and conditions

10:32 am on 21 April 2005

Doctors in Samoa have voted to limit their working hours as a protest over salaries and working conditions.

In a meeting this week, doctors from the national hospital and outlying medical centers voted to work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only respond to emergency calls outside those hours.

The doctors say they will go on strike next week if there is still no response from the government and Public Service Commission to their demands for a review of salaries and working conditions.

The Samoa Medical Association, which represents the doctors, has again expressed concern at the way local doctors are being treated in comparison with expatriate doctors.