Every person who has gone to a government hospital knows what its like. The wait is long and the time in the doctors examination room is/can (sometimes) be short. Heck the doctor has to see so many and he/she has to try and see them all. Some people will undergo a through examination and some will get a fleeting glance and the doctor has mad a diagnosis. For the experienced doctors, they will know the genuine case and the one who came in for a sick sheet. (Here I speak from my days as a customs officer - re sick sheet, but that's another story.)
Sometimes people who go there do not really need to go and see a doctor. They probably have a headache in their stomach or big toe. But they have the right to go and see a doctor if they so need.
We, the people who go to the hospital can see that doctors and nurses are sometimes stressed. And I ask, how well can a person under stress perform? No wonder some people get the wrong medication prescribed to them.
Furthermore, there has been a huge exodus of our medical staff in the recent past. If you ask me why, I will say that they have gone to greener pastures. Because over there they get better pay and better working conditions. Then we go and bring in expats and we have to pay them the expats wage. Why cant we just hike the doctors pay so that we can retain them in Fiji.
When will we learn, for goodness sakes.
I have written about this so many times that I sound like a stuck record.
We just went pass the furore of the general elections. Lots of stuff were said about political parties and individuals but we went on and we now have a legitimately elected government. Some low life even went so far to make fake Face book pages.
Now we have the furore about the Public Accounts Committee.
Sobo, lets get on with the issues at hand and stop the nit picking. I'm sure many people want justice to take place. Forget what the professor* said and lets debate the Auditor Generals report. Please don't be frightened by one mans comments. I, for one want to see justice done because of the gross misuse of public funds.
Stop the small stuff, we have bigger things to tend to, please.
* I've been unable to contact Allen about the professor but presume it's Biman Prasad, the FFP leader who is chairing the scrutiny of government accounts before the elections. If not, it's Wadan Narsey who has been critical about spendings.
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.