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Kuwaiti Health Ministry okays hiring of foreign medical staff

KUWAIT - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has approved the request of the Health Ministry to hire non-Kuwaiti doctors, pharmacists, nurses and medical technicians to cover its manpower shortage, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources confirmed the CSC had earlier asked the ministry to justify the appointment of expatriates to various posts in the medical sector, in addition to the projected annual cost and the contracts included in its budget for fiscal 2012/2013.

Sources explained the ministry took this step to ensure the public hospitals and health centers have enough medical staff, considering the ongoing expansion of several health institutions and construction of Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Ali Al-Obeidi has appointed Dr Jamal Al-Sultan as director of Farwaniya Health District, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the minister is keen on implementing the decision immediately, indicating some parties believe this is part of the alleged plan to streamline the ministry.

In another development, sources said acting Director General of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) Sobhi Al-Mullah Sabah has started taking the necessary steps to restructure the authority.

Sources confirmed the transfer of Hadi Al-Shalahi from the Distribution and Authentication Department to serve as director of the Minister’s Office, replacing Ahmad Al-Zamanan who was appointed as director of the Director General’s Office. Sources added the predecessor of Al-Zamanan, Aisha Bahman, was named director of the Technical Office.


Source: Arab Times Online

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