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Nurses sit in protest update

More than 500 nurses from the National Referral Hospital(NRH), HCC and Guadalcanal Province are currently on a sit in protest at the NRH Car park as of this morning.

The protest was earlier not approved by the responsible authorities.

The protest is in response to the continued delay of their COVID 19 allowance payments since September this year and other longstanding issues.

Solomon Islands National Nurses Association General Secretary Steven Maitani says the nurses will continue with the sit in protest until they receive positive assurance from the government.

He says the protest was not approved by the responsible authorities under the Public Assembly Act 1996 but the nurses are exercising their powers.

“The nurses have signed an agreement with the government to work and stay away from their families. This is frustrating and have affected them.”

More than 500 nurses from the National Referral Hospital(NRH), HCC and Guadalcanal Province are currently on a sit in protest at the NRH Car park as of this morning.

The protest is in response to the continued delay of their COVID 19 allowance payments since September this year and other longstanding issues.

Solomon Islands National Nurses Association General Secretary Stephen Maitani says the nurses will continue with the sit in protest until they receive positive assurance from the government.

He says the protest was not approved by the responsible authorities but the nurses are exercising their freedom.

“The nurses have signed an agreement with the government to work and stay away from their have families. This is frustrating and have affected them.”

Daily allowance for frontline nurses is $400 dollars and nurses on normal duties allowances is at $150.

The non-payment of their allowances accumulated since September this year.

by Gina Maka’a

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