Salary hike soon for expat doctors MoH inks recruitment deal

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 29: Ministry of Health will soon issue the decision to increase the monthly salary of non-Kuwaiti doctors due to the ministry’s recognition of their massive contributions to the healthcare sector, reports Al-Anba daily quoting an informed source.

He revealed that the increment will be applied for doctors who have spent more than five years working for the ministry, indicating that the increments for registrars and general practitioners are between KD 100 and KD 150, while the increments for senior registrars and senior general practitioners are between KD 150 and KD 200.

He further indicated that specialists will be entitled to KD 200 – KD 250 increments, while senior specialists will receive increments between KD 250 and KD 300, adding that consultants will collect between KD 300-KD 350 increments.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that some lawmakers have started collecting signatures to demand for increasing children allowances from KD 50 to KD 100, starting from date of approval at the National Assembly.

They disclosed that approximately 26 lawmakers have signed the proposal so far since the last session, adding that the process of collecting signatures will continue until the number reaches 44, which is the required quorum to ensure the government does not discard the proposal.

In the meantime, Ministry of Health has signed a contract with an employment agency for the recruitment of 1,000 nurses, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians and pharmacists from Sudan, India, Philippines and Egypt, reports Al-Anba daily quoting an informed source.

He indicated that the ministry will assign the recruited nursing and medical staff to all health regions in the country, which are Jahra, Hawally, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al-Kabeer, Capital and Ahmadi.

He disclosed that a team of ministry officials will accompany the representatives from the concerned agency to interview applicants and select the most suitable ones.

He said the officials will travel to those countries during the first quarter of January 2013 to conduct the interviews, explaining that the ministry delegation will include two specialists each from pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and nursing departments.

He indicated that the ministry finds the employment agency qualified enough to provide the required staff as per the laid down specifications.

“The ministry will cover current shortages at various hospitals and health centers in the different health regions with the proposed recruitment, which will help in improving healthcare services in the country”, added the source.


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