The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has reportedly fired all employees on fixed wages – as many as 3,000. The health centre staff have been given until the end of May to leave their positions, according to a local daily, which quoted ministry sources. They were reportedly shocked when given the news “a few days ago” and told the newspaper they each had the required employment qualifications and their salaries were only low — about KD200 each – and therefore they should not be considered a burden on the ministry’s budget.
The Kuwaiti government has been forced to re-assess its public spending after warnings it would fall into its first recession in 20 years by 2016-17. That prediction has been heightened by the recent halving of the price of oil, with oil revenues accounting for more than 90 percent of the country’s entire exports revenue. It also is under pressure to re-balance the country’s demographics, with about two-thirds of the population expats.