28 May 2014

Fiji Labour Party says health services a shambles

2:07 pm on 28 May 2014

The leader of Fiji's Labour Party says the country's health services are in a shambles with a shocking deterioration in hospital services over recent years.

Mahendra Chaudhry says his party would improve service by collaborating with the private sector, strengthening preventive health measures and recruiting more doctors.

He says the shortage of doctors leads to people waiting for hours to be seen and patients often having to supply their own bedding and mosquito nets.

"There needs to be a lot of improvement to the current state of health services, both hospital services as well as preventative services. We have some problems which have become chronic. There are people who are dying who should not be dying because of a lack of proper diagnosis and proper equipment in our hospitals to save lives."

Mahendra Chaudhry says the Fiji Labour Party would like to see a national health service funded by the state treasury that is affordable to all sections of society.