4 Oct 2005

Striking Samoa doctors issue warning to New Zealand doctors

8:25 pm on 4 October 2005

A striking doctor in Apia is warning that doctors coming over from New Zealand will face major difficulties.

The Samoa government says a team of 20 doctors from New Zealand are scheduled to arrive shortly to carry out heart operations at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Memorial hospital.

Dr Vaiouga Levi, who has been on strike over low pay and poor working conditions at the hospital, says those doctors are likely to find it hard to adjust to Samoa's public health system.

He says local doctors remain united over taking strike action.

"We have our own way of dealing with the patients here in Samoa and that's why one of the main conditions here is the lack of facilities for proper investigation, diagnosing and all those things."

Dr Vaiouga Levi says striking doctors now have to wait an extra two weeks to find out the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry into doctor's demands.