Kuwait sets new conditions for licensing medical professionals

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KUWAIT CITY, March 31: The Ministry of Health has issued Ministerial Resolution No. 71 of 2024, which outlines general conditions and regulations for licensing medical professionals in both the public and private sectors.

According to the resolution resident doctors and registered assistants are prohibited from practicing in the private sector unless they work in licensed training establishments under supervision. Medical professionals seeking promotion to higher technical levels in the private sector must obtain one hundred educational units of continuing medical education approved by the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties (KIMS). Individuals over 65 years old must undergo medical examinations specified by the Ministry to ensure they meet required fitness conditions before being granted or renewing licenses. These medical examinations must be repeated every two years.

Titles and years of experience required for medical and allied health professions in the government sector are applicable to the private sector, provided the experience is in the same specialty. General practitioners are permitted to work in private clinics, health dispensaries, and hospitals, but they must start in accident departments, outpatient clinics, or hospital wards under supervision. They are not allowed to perform specialized surgeries. Dentists at the general practitioner level are allowed to work in private clinics, dental centers, and hospitals, beginning in dental departments in outpatient and accident clinics. They are not permitted to work in operating rooms. These regulations aim to ensure the quality and standardization of medical care provided in both public and private healthcare sectors in Kuwait.

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