Health Minister Michael Malabag has blamedthe slow response of public health service onthe shortage of health workers.
Minister Malabagsaidthere is a plan in place to recruit more health workers intothe public sector. He said he is aware of daily occurrences where patients are left unattended for hours before getting medical attention.
He saidthe government has started with Port Moresby General Hospital, by putting K300 million for the four years to addressthe shortage of health workers.
However,the minister stressed that doctors and nurses must assist patients as bestthey can, regardless.
The minister is also aware that life-saving equipment is a contributing factor, and saidthe health department is procuring needed equipment.
On anther note,the minister called on public hospitals and clinics not to charge patients unnecessary or illegal fees.
This came afterthe Port Moresby General Hospital’s Accident and Emergency section put up a notice charging patients one hundred and fifty kina for injuries resulting from conflicts related to last week’s State of Origin rugby match.
Meantime, Minister Malabag commended Church run health-services for rendering effective and quality health services.
A submission has been put to parliament for church employed health workers’ salaries to be in par withtheir public service counterparts.
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