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National Doctors scales down clinic services

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The National Doctors Association has announced a 72 hours scale down of clinical services atthe Port Moresby General Hospital.

This is in response to actions by Papua New GuineaDefence Force Soldiers on staff and students’at University of Papua New GuineaMedical Faculty.

They have condemnedthe attack and demanded appropriate actions from authorities concerned.

The assault on staff, students’andthe rampaging of properties by soldiers fromthe Taurama Barracks has shockedthe medical profession.

The National Doctors Association describedthe act as demeaning of a disciplined force responsible in providing security tothe citizens ofthe country.

They have decided to scale down clinical services for three days effective Monday.

ther demands include a thorough investigation intothe incidentorepair and replacement of damaged properties and a public apology fromthe defence force hierarchy.

The National Doctors Association feels attack on health workers and destruction to health institutions affectthe delivery of patient care tothe sick and will not be tolerated.

The incident has received condemnation fromthe Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Minister for Defence Dr. Fabian Pok.

Dr. Pok has moverd swiftly to direct a full scale investigation intothe incident. So far three soldiers have been arrested.

Classes atthe campus have been suspended for an indefinite period awaitingthe outcome ofthe investigations.

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