‘App’ to ap­ply for sick leave, med­i­cal re­ports

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: Di­rec­tor of Cen­tral Depart­ment for Ini­tial Care in Min­istry of Health Dr Ri­hab Al-Watyan an­nounced the kick­off of a new process for re­ceiv­ing ap­pli­ca­tions of sick leaves and med­i­cal re­ports via an app on smart­phones, re­ports Al-Anba daily.

She ex­plained that sick em­ploy­ees must go to the clinic where they will re­ceive a user­name and pass­word. They must use an app on the smart phones to send the ap­pli­ca­tion for a med­i­cal re­port or a sick leave. The sick leave will be au­then­ti­cated via a QR code, and the sig­na­ture of a doc­tor or the head of the clinic will not be re­quired.

Dr Al-Watyan in­di­cated that this app is cur­rently in the test­ing phase for a pe­riod of three months in clin­ics of Cap­i­tal area as well as Amiri Hos­pi­tal, adding that cre­ation of an au­to­mated in­ter­face with Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) and all rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions in Kuwait is un­der­way.

Ear­lier, in­formed sources had re­vealed that Min­istry of In­te­rior was plan­ning to set a fee of KD 1 for cer­ti­fy­ing sick leaves is­sued by pri­vate hos­pi­tals and clin­ics to em­ploy­ees of the public sec­tor, re­ports Al­jarida daily.

They ex­plained that the min­istry is co­or­di­nat­ing with the CSC in or­der to is­sue a circular in this re­gard to all state in­sti­tu­tions. Sick leaves will be cer­ti­fied by the med­i­cal coun­cil of the Min­istry of Health. Uncer­ti­fied sick leaves will not be con­sid­ered and the em­ployee will be recorded as ab­sent.

This step is aimed at bring­ing an end to the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the fa­cil­ity and the phe­nom­e­non of fake sick leaves, es­pe­cially af­ter not­ing a huge num­ber of sick leaves be­ing is­sued by pri­vate hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal cen­ters in the last two years. It was also dis­cov­ered that sick leaves were ob­tained with the pay­ment of cer­tain amount of money.

The sources af­firmed that the min­istry is work­ing on spec­i­fy­ing bank ac­counts for pri­vate hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal cen­ters to en­ter the sick leaves di­rectly in the au­to­mated system linked to the in­te­grated sys­tems through which the sick leaves will be au­dited and cer­ti­fied.

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