The Cabinet will issue a response to the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that reviewed the proposed merger between the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the National Health Services (N.H.S.).
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the findings of the inquiry were discussed by the Cabinet recently and it agreed on a new structure for the merger.
But he said an outcome would ultimately depend on the honesty of the management.
“The findings of the Inquiry were elaborated during Cabinet yesterday and we have laid out a new structure to for the merge."
“And the Cabinet’s directive on the merge will be made public soon."
“The Cabinet has concluded with a new structure that in the end as the Commission indicated in moving forward the virtuous outcome will depend on the honesty of the management."
“And if we put dishonest people, all the work by the inquiry would be useless,” he said, in response to questions from Samoa Observer.
The inquiry findings were reported in full recently by the Samoa Observer and concluded that the leaders of Samoa’s health sector were in a “state of war”. Unless a “reconciliation” occurred between the leaders of the “warring occupational groups” – especially doctors and nurses – members of the public who depend on them for their services will continue to be victims. Health workers, who are merely trying to perform their duties, will continue to be trapped in this vicious cycle while “the war” rages above them, stated the inquiry in its findings.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the need for the health management to work extra hard.
“We need to work to reach a 101 per cent, but not less than that,” he said.
The findings of the inquiry will be made public, the Prime Minister added, but through proper channels.
“It should be released via proper channels, and not leaked out to the public before it is publicly released.”