SOLOMON ISLANDS PRIVATE MEDICAL CENTER UNDER REVIEW

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 18, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---The Public Service Commission is concerned over the direct disregard of orders by doctors that require them to stop operating the Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) clinic.

The Commission is now preparing to formally review the operation of the clinic this week, national broadcaster SIBC reports.

A Commission source said some doctors have continued to carry out medical consultations at the clinic, even though they had informed the Commission in a letter that they had stopped medical services.

The SIMA clinic came into operation in 1993 following a mass strike by government-employed doctors demanding better working conditions.

As a result of their demands, government doctors now are entitled to duty free vehicles and are paid salaries in the upper bracket of the civil service pay scale.

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