Deputy Prime Minister: Medical Symposium Costs Too Much

The Deputy Prime Minister, Leo Dion, says he wants to see less talk, more action and more cost saving measures in health service delivery.


Leo Dion saysthe medical profession’s actions should reflectthe government’s year of implementation. There should be less talk, and more action.

He was particularly critical ofthe poor performance of health workers throughoutthe country.


“I’ve seenthe lack of commitment bythe Provincial based staff…” said Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion.

The Deputy Prime Minister also saidthe symposiums cost too much and should be held every two years.


“I call onthPNG Medical society to considerthe frequency ofthe annual medical symposium to once every two or five years,” said Dion.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments come 10 months afterthe passing ofthe 13 billion kina budget that saw 20 percent ofthe budget going to health. 


Whilethere is more money going tothe health sector, it is a sector in crisis.


Many of its staff is aging,the equipment is old and hospital management and boards are being investigated for corruption.


“Seven of our Hospital boards andtheir CEO’s inthe country are under investigation… for serious allegations of mismanagement,” said Dion.

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