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‘Corruption rampant’; MP vows ‘deserving’ oil minister grilling – Doctors appointment procedure queried

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 4: MP Khalil Al-Saleh intends to present what he calls a “deserving” interpellation against Minister of Oil and State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Al- Omair on serious violations detected in the agricultural and oil sectors.

At a press conference held in the National Assembly, Al-Saleh said he has no other option than file an interpellation against Oil Minister based on the magnitude of irregularities detected in agricultural sector, and he decided to question the rampant corrupt activities that have been documented.

He stressed the minister was given enough time to respond to parliamentary questions, and he had waited for the parliamentary inquiry commission to conclude its work. He explained the file of agricultural sector is choked with irregularities “and the trend which resembles a new form of money laundering has shaken the country, as agricultural lands were granted to undeserved people”. He wondered if it was permissible for some people to relinquish or give up agricultural lands during the parliamentary commission’s inquiry despite a decision had been issued banning the action.

He stressed that 50 percent of those who relinquished farm lands in Wafra did so to avoid questioning “and we will not accept that”. Regarding oil sector, Al-Saleh stressed the sector has been politicized for reasons which he will reveal during the interpellation session, indicating he will present the proposal on the first day of the new parliamentary term if only it is allowed. He called on the Minister of Oil to step down and take back his parliamentary seat, because he had always called for fighting corruption while an MP.

Meanwhile, MP Faisal Al-Kandari has forwarded questions to the Minister of Health Dr Ali al-Obeidi on the terms and conditions of appointing doctors in Ahmadi Hospital. Following are his questions:

■ What measures were taken by the Department of Accidents in Ahmadi Hospital to treat the Bangladeshi national who was sent to the hospital at 1:00 pm on Saturday 10/3/2015 after he was hit by a motorist?

■ Are private hospitals obligated to receive cases of accidents? What are the standards and regulations for transferring accidents patients who are not under the care of Ahmadi Hospital to government hospitals?

■ What were the reasons for Doctor Maher Ahmed to transfer the patient to Adan Hospital by ambulance despite his inability to walk?

■ What are the conditions of appointing doctors in Ahmadi Hospital? Do doctors undergo tests before their appointment? What is the name of the commission or authority supervising such appointments?

■ If there are ad-hoc committees or specific tests for doctors employed in Ahmadi Hospital, please provide their results, and decisions of the committees since 1999.

■ Are announcements for medical jobs made in Ahmadi Hospital or they are made directly through the Ministry of Health? Please provide a copy of the announcements if any?

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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