117 Health Ministry Staff in Kuwait Get Paid For No Jobs

Marine service suspended

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: The Ministry of Health annually spends an amount of KD 2,124,754 for paying the salaries of 117 employees and technicians to monitor the marine ambulance service, which has been suspended for several years due to the lack of boats and marine ambulance facilities. The State Audit Bureau confirmed the failure of the Ministry of Health to provide the requirements for monitoring marine services, including boats, facilities, and maintenance work, which resulted in the failure to perform the main tasks assigned to it in providing the marine ambulance service for many years.

This happened despite the budget being charged for paying the salaries of 117 employees and technicians to monitor marine services at a value of KD 2,124,754, and providing a financial allocation of KD 450,000 for the fiscal year of 2022/2023, which was not utilized despite the Ministry of Health’s justification of the situation by issuing tender No. S/ MKH/3/2023/2024 to supply an ambulance and rescue boat and open a health quarantine center for an estimated value of KD 450,000.

However, the SAB affirmed, in its annual report to audit and review the implementation of the budgets of ministries and government departments and their final accounts for the fiscal year of 2022/2023, that the ministry’s response confirms its observation and the severe delay on its part in providing the requirements for the work of that monitoring for many years, which resulted in not achieving any benefit from the technical and administrative cadres available therein, in addition to not exercising its assigned powers and burdening public funds with the salaries of those working in that sector.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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