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KUWAIT CITY, May 14: The Ministry of Health’s decision to prevent administrative staff who are working on commission-basis on the shift system in a number of public hospitals has caused a severe shortage in the provision of health services to patients and visitors, reports Aljarida daily quoting informed health sources.
They explained that there was a shortage of administrative staff working in the night shift from 7:30pm to 7:30am last week due to the referral of employees working on commission basis to work in the morning and noon shifts.
This decision has caused great confusion in the services provided to patients and visitors during the night shift. Also, problems in covering the service within hospitals are occuring, which has affected the workflow, given the small number of workers in the evening shift.
Most of the hospital administrations complained about the implementation of this decision, due to the small number of employees in the evening shift, as the employees working on commission basis fill the void in that period.
The sources indicated that the decision was issued without consulting the opinions of hospital administrations.
In another development, Director of the Central Department of Primary Healthcare Dr. Dina Al-Dhubaib announced the formation of integrated multidisciplinary home visit teams, consisting of a family doctor, a dentist, a physical therapist, a pharmacist, a nurse, a laboratory technician, and a dietitian.
She explained that this service can be obtained either by applying through the website specified for that purpose, or by requesting the service through the health center according to the area of residence.
The service request can be submitted via the website from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, with the medical reports of the references attached.
She highlighted the completion of the preparations for providing this service, which are limited to periodic visits and not for emergency cases.
Dr. Al-Dhubaib affirmed the ministry’s keenness to provide the service to this segment according to the best quality standards required.
Furthermore, Head of the Dermatology Department at the Amiri Hospital Dr. Jassim Al-Shayji declared that the annual conference of the department will be launched next Monday.