23 Aug 2012

Fiji Consumer Council says public is suffering due to hospital disruptions

1:40 pm on 23 August 2012

The Fiji Consumer Council says members of the public who are seeking specialist medical attention at Suva Private Hospital are suffering due to disruptions to services.

The Council says it is disturbed that the house is not in order at the hospital, as it resolves a contract dispute with more than a dozen medical specialists, who are currently refusing to carry out elective surgery.

The Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, Premila Kumar says consumers are facing frustration and confusion over the disruptions.

"There are situations where patients who went to Suva Private Hospital were transferred to CWM Hospital and there were unneccessary costs incurred by them. And there are a number of specialist treatments that are not on offer right now which means that consumers are suffering but they just have to wait till those specialist services are available."

Premila Kumar says she has scheduled a meeting with the head of the hospital on Monday.