KUWAIT CITY, Dec 23: Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel affirmed that a study on the new financial benefits for Kuwaiti nurses is still underway, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The minister was responding to a parliamentary question by MP Mohammed Al-Dalal, saying the nurses are already receiving financial benefits according to Civil Service Commission’s Resolution No. 5/2009 regarding allowances and benefits for nurses. Al-Aqeel stated a study is currently in progress by Civil Service Commission to increase the financial benefits for Kuwaiti nurses at the request of the Minister of Health in conjunction with Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance in a bid to present the outcome to Civil Service Council to do the needful. “Civil Service Commission, in line with the state’s policy toward rationalizing expenses, is conducting a comprehensive study of the organizational structure of the Ministry of Health in all its sectors to align with developments and changes in the field of health services, and several letters were addressed to the Ministry of Health in the previous period to coordinate with its specialists regarding this study,” the minister noted.
“However, the commission did not receive a response to these communications until coordination was recently reached between officials of the Ministry of Health and Civil Service Commission to agree on holding weekly meetings with specialists from the two sides to complete the study,” she added. She informed the outcome of over 12 meetings covered in principle 15 sectors, provided that the Ministry of Health supplies the commission with detailed specialization of the sectors, and so far communications have been made to the ministry on the progress of study.
“Based on the above, it is clear that there is no delay by Civil Service Commission toward completing the organizational structure of the Ministry of Health, including the sector that covers the departments of the nursing body. It rather offers all means of cooperation to the Ministry of Health to complete the structure as soon as possible”, commented the minister.
In fact, the Ministry of Health has submitted letter No. 2542 of 9/22/2019 to thank the commission for its fruitful cooperation and efforts to ensure completion of the organizational structure of the Ministry of Health. With regard to “Kuwaitization” of jobs, Minister Maryam Al-Aqeel stated that Civil Service Commission prepares annual report on the ‘Kuwaitization’ of jobs in accordance with Civil Service Council’s Resolution No.11/2017 concerning the rules and procedures for government employment.
“The decision obliges government agencies to fulfill the directive to reduce the number of non-Kuwaiti employees annually for five years until the ratio of Kuwaiti nationals in the total workforce of government sector reaches the specified percentage in each of the jobs classified according to the resolution,” she concluded.