Employing more than 2,000 nurses is the most important of these. The ministry is trying to recruit hundreds of nurses through local or external contracts. If native nurses are not available, they will recruit nurses from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines, officials said.
The Ministry is taking necessary steps to attract native nurses to work. As an incentive, Kuwaiti nurses are also given special financial benefits. 22,021 nurses are working in hospitals and health centers under the Ministry of Health. Among them, 1,004 people or 4.6 percent are natives. The number of expatriate nurses is 21,017. Officials added that 95.4 percent of the nurses are foreigners.
The Ministry of Health has established an electronic database of nursing jobs and other fields. Administration, Health Zones and Central Departments are automatically linked through electronic system for preparation of Annual and Five Year Development Plans.
Officials informed that the new recruitment plan for nurses has been completed. Matters including the number of nurses required and the conditions to be met by applicants for appointment have been agreed upon. The local agreement applies to Kuwaitis, children of foreigners born to Kuwaiti women and stateless residents (biduns). Sources said the Health Ministry is expected to include the costs associated with hiring new staff in the new budget to be implemented in early April.