20 Dec 2017

Solomons' public service optimistic about avoiding doctors' strike

3:48 pm on 20 December 2017

Officials at the Solomon Islands' ministry of public service say they are hopeful a planned doctors' strike can be avoided.

Friday's nation-wide action is being organised by the Solomon Islands Medical Association over grievances with government's failure to review a decades old scheme of service.

A 28 day strike notice by the association lapsed on Monday, but doctors delayed the action to conduct an awareness campaign so the public know what to do in cases of serious medical emergencies once the strike kicks off.

Papua New Guinea (July 7, 2015) Hospitalman Jaime Cavalleroserna, from San Francisco, takes patient vitals during a community health engagement. Medical personnel from the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Kokopo  during Pacific Partnership 2015.

Jaime Cavalleroserna, from San Francisco, takes patient vitals in Kokopo, Papua New Guiena during a community health engagement. Photo: US Navy/Mayra A. Conde

The public service ministry presented two proposals for a revised services scheme but both were rejected by the medical association.

However ministry officials said they were optimistic a new offer being presented to the association this afternoon would be acceptable and that a strike could be avoided.

Earlier in the week the government reportedly criticised the doctors' proposal as being 'financially colossal and 'ignorant' of the country's fiscal and economic status.

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