GOROKA General Hospital in Eastern Highlands Province will be without some vital services as the hospital health support workers go on strike for more pay and better working conditions.
Services which would be affected are the hospital accounts, human resources, hygiene, laundry, catering, transport, information and communications. The hospital morgue would close at 4.06pm today.
Chairman of PNG Health Support Workers Association of EHP, Jim Oriso Eseno said yesterday that they wanted their action to attract the attention of the Department of Personnel Management to give their rightful entitlements for better conditions under the numerous agreements agreed upon.
"We the non-clinical staff at the Goroka General Hospital who facilitate and provide vital technical and operational support to doctors and nurses will take part in this strike," Mr Eseno said.
Mr Eseno said the stop work by the non-clinical staff was in support of the call for a nationwide strike by doctors and nurses for improved job conditions.
"Without us, the non-clinical staff, the doctors and nurses will be handicapped."
According to Mr Eseno, the executives and union member of non-clinical staff had agreed on the strike action in a nationwide secret ballot last month.
"We will stop work tomorrow at 4.06pm and we are giving the Department of Personnel Management time to address the issues affecting the PNG doctors and nurses," he said, adding that their next course of action would be made known early next month.
The Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority said they it had heard of the action to be taken by the non-clinical staff of Goroka General Hospital but was prepared to comment. Post Courier