15 Mar 2013

PNG nurses issue warning over housing problems

3:49 pm on 15 March 2013

Papua New Guinea's Nurses Association has warned the government that its members will scale down services if it fails to address their housing problems.

The newspaper, The National, reports the Association president Sr Eimi Kaptigau as saying the scaling down of services means that nurses would work only one shift from 8am to 4pm daily instead of three shifts.

The association has been holding its national executive council committee meeting in Port Moresby, and is unhappy about the delay in government's delivery of a seven million US dollar housing project at Gerehu in the capital.

There are also petitions from the nurses association chapters in Morobe and Eastern Highlands urging authorities to address various issues affecting nurses, including housing.

The health minister Michael Malabag has indicated to the association that he would take the matter to the prime minister and the housing minister to address the association's grievances.