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Panel probes violations in MoH, requests answers from Al-Harbi – State to cover KAC losses

KUWAIT CITY, June 4: The parliamentary committee tasked to investigate violations in the Health Ministry met Sunday, during which it requested answers from Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi to the comments of the State Audit Bureau on the irregularities in the heath offices in America, France, Britain, Germany and Czech Republic.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Committee Rapporteur MP Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi, said they asked the minister to submit comprehensive data on all health, pharmaceutical and treatment companies and brokers dealing with health offices abroad, names of their employees, nature of their work and their academic qualifications.

The panel also demanded for additional information such as the number of citizens who underwent treatment abroad from 2013 to 2017, as well as the financial and administrative violations uncovered in the health offices in the last five years, anomalies in the Helping Patients Fund and expansion of Adan Hospital.

The panel intends to request for interrogation of the heads of health offices as some of them allegedly endorsed the treatment of certain citizens abroad without the ministry’s approval, Al-Otaibi added.

Furthermore, the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee on Sunday approved a draft law on transforming Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) into a hundred percent State-owned company. According to the bill, the State shall cover KAC’s losses until the promulgation of this law, based on the latest approved budget Kuwaiti employees in KAC will be transferred to the company referred to in the law and sign contracts with them from the date of the company’s registration in the commercial register.

The percentage of Kuwaiti employees should not be less than 60 percent and the company will be administered by a board consisting of seven members appointed by the minister for a term of four years which will be renewed once only.

The bill stipulates separation of executive chairmanship from the Board of Directors in order to appoint an expert as chief executive officer for KAC to get out of the bottleneck. Moreover, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee discussed a number of items in its agenda and Committee Rapporteur MP Al-Humaidi Al-Subaiee confirmed completion of amendments to the Anti-Corruption Authority Law

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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