2 Nov 2005

Samoa doctors unhappy at government review

5:00 pm on 2 November 2005

A member of Samoa's Medical Association says striking doctors are disappointed at the recommendations emanating from the government's Commission of Inquiry.

Doctors in the public health are now in their ninth week of a strike and have seen a copy of the recommendations.

Dr Vaiouga Levi says the commission has rejected raising the salary for graduate doctors to make it more attractive for them to practise in Samoa.

The commission says salary rises for public servants, which includes doctors, are sufficient.

But Dr Levi disagrees, saying the low number of doctors in the public service, long hours and lack of resources justify more pay.

"What we were asking it seems not to be accepted by the government. The main point we raised was the entry point for new doctors' commencing salaries and the other one is the working conditions here in the hospital."

Dr Levi says doctors will wait on the outcome of discussions by cabinet and parliament before deciding on the next course of action.