NCD nurses go on stop work since Thursday

Nurses in the National Capital District have stopped work since yesterday and are awaiting a response from the authorities.

They will not go back to work until they are given positive response from the authorities.

 The 300-strong Port Moresby-based nurses, who are members of the PNG Nurses Association, have stopped work over the Government’s delay in settling the increase in nurse’s salary, audit into their pay structure and establishing of a housing committee as promised to them by the Government.

However, the Government has not honoured its commitment.

The scaling down of services will continue until their demands are met.

According to Acting National Vice President of the PNG Nurses Association Steven Nawik, the Government is expected to give their response today as advised by Health Secretary Pascoe Kase.

Nawik said they are hopeful for a positive outcome as the Budget Management Committee has taken on board their issues.

However, in the event that their demands are not fulfilled, the 5000 financial members of the PNG Nurses Association nation-wide will stop work.


Carolyn Ure