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Doctors to use same guideline in assessing compensation cases

July 20, 2017 4:20 am

More than thirty doctors took part in the second phase of the Permanent Impairment Evaluation workshop to become the best focal point in compensation decisions.

Employment Minister, Jone Usamate, says this will enable doctors to attend to cases more efficiently so that compensation is paid out quickly to workers and families affected.

“Now we have developed our own assessment guidelines for Fiji, based on International best practice. So all the doctors will now assess using the same template. People that are hurt that cannot do any work, they can get the money quickly, they can pay for the kids school fees so that they don’t do into this poverty cycle.”

Doctors taking part in this training have been approved by parliament to provide medical assessments under the Workmen’s Compensation Act.

This workshop is also part of the overall Reform of Workmen’s Compensation to be completed soon.

The scheme currently has more than two thousand backlog cases.