School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Court stays UPNG medical faculty separation

The National Executive Council decision became subject to judicial review after leave was granted today in court.

On September 4, 2017, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed during the 53rd annual medical symposium forum in Port Moresby the National Executive Council’s approval to separate it from UPNG.

The decision was made in February last year after a trip to Cuba to recruit 30 Cuban doctors to serve in 15 districts in the country.

Academic doctors give Govt one week to respond

The 30 academics at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences commenced one week stop work today.

The protest is due to the delay in backdated awards; the awards payment of over K5.6 million dates back to January 1, 2014.

The Award is a legal document that the Government has signed as a commitment to pay doctors a certain amount of benefit.

The academic staff met on Monday to discuss the delay of the payments and have decided to stop work after many meetings and verbal assurance from the Government.