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MoH to meet Indian embassy officials over bribery claim
March 10, 2015, 8:58 am

$7,000 said demanded from prospective nurses

Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Support Service Affairs at the Ministry of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has announced that a meeting will be held soon with Indian Embassy officials to clarify the controversial issue about a top ministry official who is allegedly involved in bribery with a private company tasked to recruit nurses for Jaber Hospital, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a press statement, Al-Harbi urged anyone who may have proof on the alleged bribery to submit the information to the ministry for investigation. He also refuted the purported leniency in the application of conditions and stipulations for the recruitment of female nurses.

This came after Brain and Nerves Surgery staff Hesham Al-Khayat posted on Twitter that a top ministry official has asked more than 500 female nurses to pay $7,000 in exchange for the employment contract.

The official allegedly collaborated with the private company whose owners include a lawmaker. Al-Harbi affirmed the nurses are selected in line with bylaws approved in this domain, asserting a number of top officials usually choose female nurses as per the conditions like holding bachelor’s degree in nursing and minimum three years work experience.

In the same context, reliable sources said Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sunil Jain intends to refer the issue to the concerned officials in the ministries of Interior and Health; particularly after the Indian newspapers published reports on the oppressive practices of some private companies dealing with female nurses such as demanding for $10,000 from each applicant. Sources added the Embassy recently issued a decision requiring employers to pay KD700 guarantee for the issuance of visas for Indian workers.

Sources said the malpractices of some companies are regarded as a form of blackmail affecting a large number of female nurses who want to work in hospitals in Kuwait. Sources explained this has prompted the Embassy to impose the financial guarantee in order to protect the rights of Indians working in the country.

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