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447 Bedoun nurses benefit from pay hike MoH records 328 complaints about medical errors

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: The decision of Civil Service Commission (CSC) to increase the monthly wages of ‘Illegal Resident’ (Bedoun) nurses was considered as a blessing to those who benefitted from it while those others who were negatively affected cried foul due to the inclusion of the night-duty condition, reports Al- Anba daily quoting informed sources. They revealed that 447 nurses who benefitted from the decision felt relieved after a long wait for its implementation. Nurses who work at primary health centers (polyclinics) felt shortchanged since they are entitled to only KD 65 increment. They lost a total of KD 35 from their basic salaries after CSC deducted night duty allowance of KD 100 from their salaries.

The affected nurses complained that they were receiving salary of KD 400 before the increment but after the implementation of the decision, their basic salary reduced to KD 365. They have submitted complaints to the Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr Jamal Al-Harbi regarding this issue. Meanwhile, the Legal Consultant at the Ministry of Health Dr Mahmoud Abdulhadi affirmed that the ministry recorded 328 complaints about medical errors in Kuwaiti hospitals within the past three years. He revealed that the department has investigated all the incidents of medical errors to discover 31 real cases of errors.

Furthermore, 50 babies were born in Kuwait few seconds into the New Year 2014 at various public and private hospitals. These babies included 10 Kuwaitis, and 40 non- Kuwaitis and Bedoun. The first child of the year was a Kuwaiti delivered at 12:05am through caesarian operation at Al- Salam Hospital by a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist Dr Amr Al-Sayed. The second child was a Filipino delivered at Adan Hospital, while the third was a Bedoun delivered at Jahra Hospital. The Maternity Hospital handled delivery of 16 babies on the New Year’s Day and Adan Hospital handled delivery of 12 while 11 deliveries each at Farwaniya and Jahra Hospitals.

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