While the Government delays its decision to appoint a head for the Kimbe hospital, patient care continues to suffer and staff morale is at an all time low.
The interim administration now in place cannot discipline staff who are either not turning up for work or coming in but getting very little done.
Dr Nale told PNG Edge disciplinary cases for staff are piling up but he is unable to act because he does not have the powers to.
He also says the lack of powers mean financial decisions he has made in the past year are illegal.
“I have signed for the purchase of food for patients and some other things needed at the hospital and this could come back to me because my signature is not recognized." he says.
Also affected are 14 nurses who have retired and are awaiting final entitlements and 10 new ones cannot be recruited also.
He says some nurses recruited last were paid on a casual rate of K400 per fortnight instead of K1000.
These issues will be addressed if a permanent or an acting appointment is made. PNG EDGE