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Doctors told to improve final impairment assessment work:Usamate

June 19, 2018 1:15 am

Labour Minister Jone Usamate has expressed his disappointment on the low number of doctors that can conduct final impairment assessment for work related deaths and injuries.

Usamate says this has led to the delay in some workers compensation cases.

Speaking to Doctors at the Fiji Impairment Assessment Training in Suva this morning, Usamate reminded them of their role to bring about speedier settlements and pay-outs of compensation for workers.

“You know we have been training a lot of doctors but not all of them are involved in the impairment assessment, I can understand some of the reasons for that Doctors are very busy people but what we want to do is that more people are trained so that assessments can be done quickly because if this is done quickly than payments can be done quickly.”

Usamate says the training has been ongoing over the years, however there are still delays in conducting final impairment assessments by Doctors.