Fingerprint attendance from Oct 1, no exceptions
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7: Following his return from Hajj pilgrimage, Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi visited a number of hospitals and health centers across the country. His tour resulted in referral of a number of administrators and other employees for investigations due to non compliance with the official working hours.
During his surprise visits to Ibn Sina Hospital and Salwa Health Center to inspect the workflow in a number of departments, Dr Al-Harbi referred a number of employees for investigations due to their absence at their supposed workplaces during official working hours.
The inspection visits is part of upcoming inspection tours to different facilities of Ministry of Health’s hospitals and health centers to verify the workflow and explore shortcomings in the medical services offered by the ministry. Dr Al-Harbi also visited a Kuwaiti patient who was flown by a private plane from the United States of America to complete his treatment at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Dr Badriya Nadia Al-Jumaa explained that the hospital received the Kuwaiti patient after several attempts made by his family to have him admitted in the Sheikha Badriya Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Oncology Center.
However, the patient was referred to Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital due to shortage of hospital beds. She affirmed that the hospital has taken all necessary medical procedures to stabilize the condition of the patient, adding that the patient’s family had sent a message to Dr Al-Harbi through Twitter, and that the minister visited the hospital to check on the patient’s condition and the latest developments.
Meanwhile, Dr Al-Harbi has nominated Dr Mohammad Al-Khashti for the position of the ministry’s undersecretary and has referred his name to the Cabinet, reports Annahar daily quoting informed sources. They revealed that the announcement of the names of candidates for other vacant senior positions has been postponed to a later date.
Meanwhile, the ministry has agreed to implement the fingerprint attendance system from Oct 1, 2017. According to sources, it will be applied on all employees including directors, supervisors and heads of departments. They indicated that the employees are expected to scan their fingers at 7:30 am and then at 1:45 pm.
The sources said the ministry has defined the rights and duties of the employees including the right to take permission to leave but without exceeding 12 hours per month, allocation of 15 days as sick leaves per year as well as four days of unplanned leaves per year. They stressed that an employee can have delays of up to 105 minutes per year, adding that emergency leaves must not exceed 14 days per year.
By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff