21 Sep 2005

Samoa inquiry seeks public input into doctors' strike

4:04 pm on 21 September 2005

The Commission of Inquiry set up in Samoa to review the pay grievances of striking government doctors has invited public submissions.

This comes as the strike for better pay and conditions is in its second week, with no resolution in sight.

The president of the Samoa Medical Association, Dr Mauinu'uese Imo, says some doctors are now planning to resign and won't be returning to government employ even if the strike ends.

She says the statements made by the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, have upset the doctors.

In an interview on government TV last week, Tuilaepa said that one of the positives to come out of the doctors strike is that now everyone can see that nurses can do 99 percent of the work done by doctors.

Dr. Imo said if the prime minister continues to belittle the profession, there is no ending to this.