by Michelle Amba – EM TV News, Mount Hagen
More than 400 staff at the Mt. Hagen General Hospital resigned from duties on Friday.
These include medical doctors, nursing officers, community health workers and allied health workers.
Their resignations will take effect two weeks from now when all services will come to a complete stop.
Their 30-day ultimatum to Health Minister, Michael Malabag expired on Friday.
Those who are part of this mass resignation are memebers of four separate union bodies combined in this crisis.
The resignation will take effect in two weeks however, all services at the hospital have scaled down.
Starting on Friday, members of these unions will not be available for outpatients, elective care, consultations, clinics and non life-threatening emergencies.
They are giving the management and board a two-week grace period to find appropriate trained officers to fill in the gap.
They have taken this approach because they are not happy with the process of the petition.
They are blaming the Health Minister for the mass resignation.
Mt. Hagen General Hospital acting CEO, Dr. James Kintwa, says the board and management will decide on the next course of action after receiving the resignation letters.
Dr. Kintwa is condemning this action taken by the staff saying that they should allow for the investigations to finalise a report before taking further action.
However, doctors and other heath workers are questioning the independence of this investigation therefore are sticking to their 30-day ultimatum, which ended on Friday.