Hospital staff rally for attacked PNG nurse

Hospital staff rally for attacked PNG nurse

Hospital staff rally for attacked PNG nurse

Updated 20 February 2013, 17:37 AEST

A Papua New Guinea hospital remains on scaled-down operations following the rape of a nurse.

Staff and management of the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae, the country's second biggest city, have expressed anger and frustration at attacks on health workers.

The chief executive, Dr Polapoi Chalau, told Radio Australia's PNG service the attack was a reflection of a broader law and order problem in the country.

Dr Chalau said the attack came early on Sunday in a Lae suburb known as a troublespot. The nurse was not on duty, but "nevertheless we (management) are very, very angry, frustrated and concerned for the safety of all health workers".

After a day of protest meetings, unions and staff had agreed to reopen the hospital for emergency cases and to keep caring for patients already admitted.

Lae police have assured the hospital they are making all efforts to bring the culprits to justice.

The chief executive said the safety of society was something PNG leaders needed to look at seriously.

The hospital management and board were worried for the safety not only of health workers, but for the citizens of Lae and people nationally, he said.