‘Weigh benefits against costs’

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad and president Pio Tikoduadua during an earlier media conference this week. Picture: JONA KONATACI

HOSPITALS stretched with staffing and medicine supply issues and workers struggling with low wages while food costs continue to escalate are two of the biggest issues facing the people of Fiji, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

He made the comment while addressing residents of Yalalevu, Ba during a pocket meeting held there yesterday.

The NFP leader said the onus was on every voter to seriously look at the issues and how it affected them and to make the right decision come November 14.

“Look at how much benefits you are receiving in actual dollars by adding the free tuition, free bus fare and social welfare benefits and weigh that against how much you are paying in food costs,” he said.

“Is it better to earn a decent wage and have the price of food kept at a reasonable cost or is it better to receive freebies and earn low wages and high food costs. Think about it.”

During the meeting, provisional candidate Faizal Koya also urged the residents to look at the state of hospitals in the Western Division.

“Hospitals are struggling with manpower issues and sometimes we hear about medicine shortages, this is an essential service.

“Government spends so much time on COP 23 and $9 million a year on the Fiji International Golf tournament instead of fixing essential services like health.

“People need to think about these things when they go to the ballot box on November 14.”

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