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Solomon Islands doctors to go on strike

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A nationwide strike by members of the Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) will kick off this Friday.

This came after medical doctors who are members of the association refused the counter offer by the Government through the Ministry of Public Service after their last meeting, Solomon Star reports.

SIMA claimed that the counter offer does not reflect any significant change or revision in the current scheme of service.

As such a nationwide strike action is now underway but will come into full effect this Friday 22 December.

SIMA had issued a 28 days strike notice issued to the Ministry which lapsed Monday.

SIMA President Dr.Claude Posala said that the strike action comes into effect as of Monday December 18, 2017, but they will have three days public awareness.

“After the end of the strike notice, SIMA will give 3 days for public awareness for the people on what to do during the course of strike period.

“The strike action comes into effect as of today (Monday), but as professional body, we still respect human lives, especially life treating and emergency situation where we must attend to.”