​Police assure doctors

A planned strike in the nation’s capital has been averted as police are in dialogue with doctors to charge perpetrators in Dr Newman Berry’s assault.

Dr Berry, a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) attached to the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Services, was attacked by drunken policemen without any form of reasoning. This was around 9.30-10pm on Wednesday, May 31.

As of 3pm last Wednesday (June 7), the National Doctors Association gave the RPNGC 48 hours to deal with the perpetrators. If no favourable response was received by Friday, June 9, at 3pm, then about 145 doctors based in POM and NCD will stand down from duty.

However, NDA secretary, Dr Sam Yockopua, said doctors will return to work.

“The executives met with police hierarchy at 11am on Friday.

“Several of the perpetrators have been apprehended and charged by the Internal Affairs Director,” Dr Yockopua told Loop PNG.

“Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi assured us that these guys will face full penalty, including dismissal.”

Also discussed during the meet was improving partnership, training and recruitment process.

(Dr Newman Berry)


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