The corrupt Fiji Sun news paper reported that doctors like the dictator's planned Medical Reforms and that they are ready to facilitate changes. The poor doctors and medical staff have been waiting since Jan 2007 for the reforms that never came, as money was diverted to Bainimarama and Khaiyum's multiple salaries, family and friends, corruption and their foreign bank accounts.
Now, and just before Fiji's planned 2014 elections, Bainimarama is announcing plannedmedprical reforms. Yes, its only planned and just like his record of announcing many fancy promises, like ending corruption in government, he may never deliver for Bainimarama has become the most corrupt person to hold the Prime Minister's office. And as we all know by now that he took over by force just to save himself, and his key supporters and coup plotters, from being arrested and from going to prison.
The doctors have come out in support (and we support them) of the planned medical reforms announced by the self-appointed Prime Minister and self-appointed Rear Admiral (Retired) the corrupt, lying, two-faced Voreqe Bainimarama. But now we wait and see if the reforms will eventuate and if they do, what will the quality be? Will it be more of the fancy new roads that were built all for show, to fool the people, until the heavens opened up and revealed the lie - showing the thinnest layer of tar-seal poured over compacted mud. So where did the rest of the $3 million a kilometre go to?
We can expect no different with the medical reforms especially if Bainimarama and his group of corrupt, lying friends and family are behind it. It is likely to be just lots of fancy words to deceive the people, before elections, while money is actually diverted to personal bank accounts and cheap mediocre equipment is used to last only a few months.
See Professor Narsey's letter to the Editor
The CEO of Consumer Council (Mrs Premila Kumar) very responsibly informed the public (Fiji TV, 26 May 2014) that consumers keep making serious complaints about the Ministry of Health due to:
* bad and insensitive attitudes of the staff,
* gross negligence
* with some patients even dying
* and with the Dental and Medical Councils not responding to consumer complaints, even when the complaints came via the Prime Minister’s Office.
Although Mrs Premila Kumar quite understandably praised Bainimarama for raising this health issue (just four months before the elections), sensible tax payers must be mulling over many questions:
(a) Why would Mrs Premila Kumar tell the country that she was working very closely with the Prime Minister’s Office on this health issue?
(b) if most problems in the country are being solved by the Prime Minister’s Office (as it seems from the media) does this indicate that all other Ministries are not doing their respective jobs, and should everybody (following Mrs Premila Kumar) make a beeline for the Prime Minister’s Office?
(c) if the Minister or Permanent Secretary of Health have not responded to Mrs Premila’s complaints after eight years, should they both do the honourable thing, and resign?
(d) why have the Dental and Medical Councils not addressed the complaints and should they all resign?
(e) given the numerous media statements by the impassive and impressive Permanent Secretary of Public Service (Mr. Parmesh Chand) about their many initiatives towards improving the efficiency of civil servants (such as retiring civil servants at age 55 and sending everyone for training to China), have all these efforts been a failure as far as the Ministry of Health is concerned, and should Mr Chand resign?
(f) given the seriousness of complaints from the CEO of Consumer Council, should Rear Admiral (retired) Bainimarama himself resign, given that his government has been in charge for eight years now (the lifetime of two normal governments), given that he has determined his own salary, and given that the buck should stop with him in more ways than one?
(g) or is the real fundamental problem that the Ministry of Health budget has been severely constrained for the last eight years, the salaries of doctors and nurses have been totally inadequate, they have been over-worked, and the funds for medicines and equipment have been grossly inadequate, because of the Bainimarama Government’s other spending “priorities”?
(h) for instance, would the $230,000 of public funds, unnecessarily paid to Fiji Sun to print the 40,000 signatures for the registration application of Fiji First Party (when only 5,000 was required), have been better spent on medicines for the Ministry of Health?
(i) Or why was not a mere $10 million reallocated to Health in the last budget, out of the massive allocation of $1 billion (i.e. $1,000 millions) to FRA over the last two years?
Professor Wadan Narsey