22 Aug 2012

A third of CNMI hospital's doctors to leave by end of year

1:03 pm on 22 August 2012

A third of doctors at CNMI's only public hospital are expected to have resigned by the end of the year.

The Commonwealth Health Center's Medical Affairs Director, Jeremy Richards, says four doctors have resigned and two more are planning to leave.

Dr Richards says among them are specialists in internal medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, orthopaedic and emergency care.

Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says the resignations stem from shortfalls in the hospital's budget after restructuring last year.

"Not only are their salaries delayed but the situation at the hospital has become quite critical with the lack of medicine, supplies, lack of resources and they think the government isn't serious in trying to help them. Doctors want to help their patients but they have to turn them away because of lack of supplies."

Mark Rabago says hospital officials are planning to cut costs to ensure the hospital's survival but they have warned people to stay healthy because the situation has reached a critical level.