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Wednesday , September 30 2020

‘Health relief for expatriates soon’

Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13, (KUNA): The official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Director of Vocational Health Department Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti disclosed that expatriates will soon have health relief, which will include the provision of healthcare services at moderate prices to ensure a balance between insurance coverage and healthcare service charges, because the state can feel their sufferings. Dr Al-Shatti declared that Al-Dhaman Hospitals will be ready to offer services at the primary health centers by next year, and services will be offered directly in 2020 with the support of existing hospitals.

Talking about the right time for inaugurating Jaber and Jahra hospitals, Al-Shatti said the people of Kuwait have been asking the same question even though he doesn’t have an answer to it. He noted Jaber Hospital has 1,200 bed-space and needs 20,000 workers but Civil Service Commission (CSC) has yet to create those vacancies based on government’s policy.

He indicated the Council of Ministers has directed the Ministry of Health to liaise with the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service Commission (CSC) to create vacancies. He stressed “it is wise to operate by applying the international standard of soft opening under intense pressure from citizens and government. I don’t rule out the possibility of engaging external agencies to manage it during the transition period and later return it to the local authorities, although the experience about foreign management is unpleasant and I am personally against it,” he added.

Al-Shatti disclosed receiving 28,000 applications concerning allowances and overtime and shifts for the doctors and supervisory employees and job titles to be discussed with Civil Service Commission (CSC). He indicated support for the requests of doctors to receive allowances, and congratulated the doctors having court decisions issued in their favor.

Al-Shatti said the State Audit Bureau (SAB) is reviewing overseas treatment and medical-related issues in general, and in case of suspicion, the available information will be referred to Anti-Corruption Public Authority or the Public Prosecution. He believes that a number of senior officials and ministers follow the same policy for the same reason. Addressing the MPs and bloggers, Al-Shatti said, “You represent the utmost democratic experience, which makes it necessary for you to prioritize public interests rather than personal gain.” He also urged them to abide by law to promote national development

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