The National, Monday June 24th, 2013
HEALTH Minister Michael Malabag has urged nurses at the Angau Memorial Hospital to return to work, saying the government is working on their petition.
Nurses and other staff members at the hospital resolved to scale down operations there last Thursday, claiming the Government had neglected a petition they had presented to it in February.
The petition, which contained 10 points, was presented following the rape of a female colleague at her home in Taraka.
Malabag said last Friday what the nurses were referring to was their accommodation problem.
“There is K15 million parked at the Angau Memorial Hospital,” Malabag said.
“They should use this money in the meantime to provide accommodation for nurses. We are looking at the petition. It does not work overnight.”
He said he was in discussions with National Planning Minister Charles Abel to have funds secured to sort out the nurses accommodation issue and the proposed reconstruction of the hospital.