The Ministry of Health in Kuwait has announced plans for an increase in the salaries of non-Kuwaiti doctors in recognition of their massive contributions to the country’s healthcare sector, reports Al-Anba Daily.
The salary hike will apply to doctors who have worked for the Health Ministry for more than five years. The increase for registrars and general practitioners is between KD 100 (€269) and KD 150 (€404), while the increments for senior registrars and senior general practitioners are between KD 150 (404€) and KD 200 (539€). Consultants will be entitled to a KD 300-350 (€808 – €943) increase.
In addition to the salary increases, the Ministry of Health has signed a contract with a recruitment agency to hire 1,000 healthcare workers. Nurses, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians and pharmacists will be hired from Sudan, India, the Philippines and Egypt, reports Al-Anba daily quoting an informed source.
A team of ministry officials will accompany the recruitment agency representatives to interview candidates and select the most suitable ones in early 2013. The ministry delegation will include specialists in pharmacy, nursing, and radiology. It is expected the new hires will be assigned to work across the country.
“The ministry will cover current shortages at various hospitals and health centers in the different health regions with the proposed recruitment, which will help in improving healthcare services in the country”, added the source.
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