PORT Moresby General Hospital faces problems relating to the clinical care, doctors’ welfare, hospital board and management, which all need Government’s attention, a group of doctors say.
Members of the National Doctors Association expressed their concerns during a meeting last Friday saying they wanted the hospital management and the Government to address.
Association secretary and the hospital’s chief emergency physician Sam Yolkopua said: “We have a lot of irregularities in the (hospital) board and management. The care of patients, which is the hospital’s main business, seems to be declining because of the lack of funding for resources.”
He gave as an example the lack of a patients’ monitoring system. Currently they are using only one monitor to measure a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure in the emergency unit.
“The instrument helps to save lives. Without the help of the monitor, a person can die in front of us,” he said.
“We asked for 10 monitors to be purchased and we are still waiting.”
Yolkopua said the welfare of doctors had not been considered since the hospital management denied them their rights as public servants under the Public Service Management Act.
“The management had used illegal means under the pretext of the Port Moresby General Authority Act to deprive us our rights,” he said.
“The act (bill) is not yet passed in Parliament but they are already implementing it.”