FIJI MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OBJECTS TO INDIAN DOCTORS

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Mar. 10) - The Fiji Prime Minister's Office has received a petition from the Fiji Medical Association arguing against the hiring of doctors from India.

This was confirmed by the chief executive officer in the Prime Minister's Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, who said the petition is being looked at.

It is understood the FMA raised several issues, including the qualifications of these expatriate doctors.

Another concern was the fact that most of these doctors were specialists and hiring them could deprive locals of their jobs.

Eleven doctors from India have been hired by the government to come and work here

In an earlier interview last year, former permanent secretary for Health Luke Rokovada said they opted to hire doctors from India because of their advance training and the fact they were specialized doctors.

But the FijiSUN was reliably informed that the hiring of the Indian doctors was based on low pay.

FMA president Dr Mary Schramm would not elaborate on the petition but indicated that it had been given to the PM's office.

March 10, 2004

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