Com­mit­tee dis­cusses ex­pats health fee in­crease

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

The par­lia­ment’s health af­fairs com­mit­tee meets to­day to dis­cuss re­duc­ing the scope of ex­emp­tions from in­creased fees on health ser­vice pre­sented to ex­pa­tri­ates, which will start in Oc­to­ber 1, 2017. The panel’s meet­ing agenda also in­cludes dis­cussing the lat­est re­gard­ing its on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in Min­istry of Health vi­o­la­tions, par­lia­men­tary sources said. Mean­while, the par­lia­ment’s hu­man rights com­mit­tee will meet to­day to re­sume dis­cussing the is­sue con­cern­ing fake pass­ports that some bedoons (state­less res­i­dents) re­port­edly ob­tained in or­der to le­gal­ize their sta­tus. The panel seeks to find a res­o­lu­tion to the problem that en­sures pro­tect­ing the bedoons’ ba­sic rights.

No­tably, the com­mit­tee has been urg­ing the In­te­rior Min­istry to drop charges against the fake pass­port hold­ers and re­turn their pre­vi­ous le­gal sta­tuses, said in­formed sources, not­ing that the min­istry al­ready has doc­u­ments prov­ing that the in­di­vid­u­als in ques­tion be­long to some neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaie urged the govern­ment not to panic af­ter a num­ber of MPs threat­ened to grill sev­eral min­is­ters. Tabtabaie also re­ferred to some re­ports claim­ing that there are in­ten­tions to change four or five min­is­ters, but he de­nied know­ing whether a reshuf­fle would be con­sid­ered, es­pe­cially since some min­is­ters ‘were not up to the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of their posts.’ Fur­ther­more, he noted that the per­for­mance of all min­is­ters, in­clud­ing the premier him­self, was be­low bar.

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