Dr James Naipo

Doctors’ association questions suspension

Earlier this year, Dr. Gunzee Gawin was suspended by the board for alleged maladministration. He was then reinstated but on December 3rd, the board made the decision to suspend him again. This was after he was arrested and charged by the fraud squad with three counts of conspiracy to defraud, misappropriation of property and abuse of office.

NDA president Dr James Naipao pointed out that our democracy gives the right to a defendant to defend him/herself before a concrete decision is made.

Some of the questions outlined by Dr Naipao included:

PNGNDA supports MOU with Cuba doctors

PNG NDA president Dr James Naipo said, the doctor’s association which has been vocal for the last three years have been fighting for the UPNG Facility of Medicine to become a standalone university and this is part of the agreement signed by both governments.   

He added that in many rural areas there are no doctors and the decision is a move in the right direction.

Under the agreement the stand alone university will access direct funding from the Treasury Department which will result in more intakes and more doctors graduating.