BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for doctors’ new scheme of service was singed yesterday at the Regional Eye Centre in Honiara.
The MOU outlines a new pathway for medical practitioners’ new scheme of services
The signing was the outcome of a dialogue between the Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Health and Medical services (MHMS) and Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA).
The MOU has a timeframe of five years but allows both parties to revise and make amendments.
Under Secretary of Ministry of Public Service Mr David Suirara said the agreement signifies confidence, trust and team work between the three parties.
He adds all three parties have encountered difficulties at the beginning of the negotiations, but the final outcome was positive.
Permanente Secretary of MHMS Dr Tenneth Dalipanda said his ministry is pleased with the outcome.
He said the MOU is a way forward to ensure health services for the public will continue.
President of Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) Dr Claude Posala stressed the agreement and the current dialogue paves a way forward for SIMA.
He urged the Government and the MHMS to maintain the conducive environment the parties have built.
“The MOU is a huge achievement that will solve the working partnership between SIMA and the MHMS,” Posala said.
Representatives from the Government, MHMS and SIMA were present during the signing.