Num­ber of Kuwaiti doc­tors be­low lo­cal mar­ket’s needs

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Kuwait Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion com­pleted a study on the per­cent­age of Kuwaiti doc­tors in med­i­cal spe­cial­ties. The as­so­ci­a­tion’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr Mo­ham­mad AlQi­nae said the num­ber of Kuwaiti doc­tors is be­low the needs of the lo­cal mar­ket, as Kuwait is head­ing towards new de­vel­op­ment projects that need an in­crease in doc­tors. He said that the study showed 90 per­cent of doc­tors de­serve a “rare spe­cialty” sta­tus, which will in turn at­tract Kuwaitis to such spe­cial­ties. He said the study warned against the ex­o­dus of Kuwaiti and for­eign doc­tors, which will lead to se­vere short­ages and will dis­rupt work in health projects. Qi­nae said the study said com­pe­tent and ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors must be brought in, be­sides in­creas­ing the num­ber of Kuwaiti doc­tors on medicine schol­ar­ships to meet lo­cal mar­ket needs, es­pe­cially since the per­cent­age of Kuwaiti doc­tors is ex­pected to drop from 30 per­cent to 17 per­cent dur­ing the next five years.

‘Con­tam­i­nated’ pillows

The health min­istry said it fol­lowed up a video on so­cial me­dia about claims of dis­tribut­ing ‘con­tam­i­nated’ pillows to pa­tients at a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal. It said when the video was re­viewed with con­cerned au­thor­i­ties, it was found the in­for­ma­tion was un­true, as the type of pillows shown was dif­fer­ent from those used by the health min­istry. It said the min­istry wel­comes any sug­ges­tions or com­ments on health ser­vices.

Work­ers on strike

Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Man­power Pub­lic Author­ity Ab­dul­lah Al-Mutoutah said the author­ity is fol­low­ing up re­ports on so­cial me­dia about work­ers on strike in Jleeb Al-Shuy­oukh. He said the author­ity is do­ing its part in fol­low­ing up with em­ploy­ers, and in case of any vi­o­la­tion by them, it takes all nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures to pro­tect work­ers’ rights. He said the author­ity is car­ry­ing out its work ac­cord­ing to law 109/2013 and its role is to im­ple­ment la­bor law 6/2010.

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