DOCTORS NEEDED IN FRENCH POLYNESIA AS STRIKE WIDENS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 21) - The French Polynesia
Government is developing criteria with the aim of attracting foreign doctors
into the territory.

This comes amid a deepening dispute between doctors and the
state health insurance scheme, CPS.

Last month, doctors launched an indefinite strike against plans
by CPS to impose a ceiling on the yearly level of reimbursed care.

Over the weekend, around three thousand people marched against
the CPS changes and French doctors in the territory threatened to return to
France if the dispute is not resolved.

Tepuanui Snow from President Flosse’s Media Unit says
preparations must be made for a possible shortage of doctors in French
Polynesia.

"If the doctors were to go back to France we would have to
actually deal to the situation in order to respond to the needs and have the
good health of the Polynesian, and the government decided to say foreign doctors
could actually come and work here in Tahiti, would probably still have to pass
an examination to see the equivalence to their certificate and the type of
certificate we have here, with the French system"

Snow says fresh talks are underway between CPS and private
doctors after they suspended their strike for five days.

May 21, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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