MP hits at proposal to reserve new hospital for Kuwaitis – ‘Inhuman and immoral’

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 16: The proposal which has been submitted by the Ministry of Health to offer medical services at the Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital exceptionally for Kuwaitis and not expatriates living in this country is inhuman and immoral, says MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan.

He said if this proposal is necessary then the ministry must provide free healthcare services for citizens and collect small fees from non-citizens to eliminate the negative poor healthcare as a result of a defect in the demographic structure of the country.

The parliamentarian stressed on the importance of appointing skilled doctors, competent nursing staff and efficient administration to eradicate the phenomenon to long waits so that citizens enjoy quality healthcare.

Meanwhile, MP Saleh Ashour said the generosity of HH the Amir to replace all bad air-conditioning units in all government schools is a clear indication of the failure of duty and inability of senior officials of the Ministry of Education. He asked what happened to the money allocated for maintenance of these air-conditioning units.

In a press statement Ashour said, “We have not seen nor heard anything from the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa except empty and inconsistent statements.” He indicated this is evidence of loss of vision and planned educational strategy. He wondered how long the Amiri Diwan will play the role of savior because of the failure of ministers to carry out their duties and responsibilities, he asked. He addressed the statement to the ministers, saying “Either you do your duty or leave the field for others.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of Priorities Committee at the National Assembly, MP Yusuf Al-Zalzalah said the committee during next Tuesday meeting with the government will set a time table to discuss the interpellations filed against some ministers.

However, it is most probable the interpellations will be discussed last Thursday of the month. He added the committee meeting will be attended by the State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Al- Abdullah Al-Sabah and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh and State Minister for Parliament Affairs Ali Al-Omair to discuss the priorities of the Parliament and the government in the next legislative round.

He explained the government has economic priorities in addition to a bunch of priorities that have been presented by MPs through the committee and that these priorities will be discussed and arranged in accordance with their importance for their approval.

In a related issue, MP Abdul Rahman Al-Jeeran said the number of cases received by the Statistics and Research Department of the Ministry of Justice over the past six months shows our problem in Kuwait is moral problem in the first place.

He said he is surprised the Parliament is opposing the laws governing the media publications and audio-visual who call for freedom in all its forms without taking into account the values and principles of the society. Al-Jeeran also wondered about the issues which are of priority during the next legislative round if education is not the priority for the MPs.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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