The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recorded 124,559 sick leaves from Sept 1 to October 2, which cost the national treasury about KD2.5 million, reports Al-Seyassah daily. A source informed that 87,763 days sick leaves were taken by female Kuwaiti employees while their male counterparts took 27,226 sick leaves out of the total 114,989 days taken by all Kuwaiti employees. He said non-Kuwaiti employees took 9,570 sick leaves out of which 7,240 were taken by female employees while the males took 2,330 days.
He added the employees took 1.084 million days of sick leaves within the first half of the year which cost the country KD 19 million as a day costs an average of KD 20. Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily has quoted Secretary General of Kuwait Medical Association Dr Mohammad Al-Qenai as saying the association is the legitimate representative of doctors in Kuwait, so no other body should issue any statement on behalf of doctors.
He said whichever body acts in that manner violates the Constitution and it amounts to an affront to the medical body. He berated certain people who claimed to be speaking on behalf of doctors in recent newspaper reports, describing their action as unacceptable. He reiterated that the association, apart from representing Kuwaiti doctors locally, is also the authorized representative of the doctors regionally and internationally.