The Kuwait Labor Law specifically outlines the number of sick days an employee can take within a year. The first 15 of those days being at full pay — with a proper medical certificate. However, it’s no secret obtaining a medical certificate is only a phone call away. Especially if a family member is a Doctor. Yeah, we’ve all done it.
Now it seems medical professionals have been warned to stop issuing medical certificates for people who aren’t really sick. And? Do they really think fake medical certs and people pretending to be sick is the root of the problem? This kind of behavior is only a symptom of a far more serious problem.
I love Kuwait, my husband is from Kuwait, his entire family is still in Kuwait, and I have certainly benefited from the generosity of Kuwait. So this isn’t a verbal assault. But there are numerous flaws in the system. Starting with the cradle to grave welfare system. Of course the intentions are good, but when you give someone a comfortable life they never learn to appreciate it… and certainly never learn to work for it. Resulting in excessive attendance problems, poor performance, and outright disrespect for their employer — to the point of taking sick leave as often as they want.
I really could go on and on, but what difference is it going to make? So yeah, Doctors, stop issuing those medical certificates to your cousins
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: Ministry of Health has warned doctors from issuing sick leaves to individuals who do not deserve to get them, adding that they will be referred for investigations in case violations in this regard are discovered by the concerned authorities, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily quoting informed sources.
They indicated that the ministry is firm about this matter, adding that any sick leaves issued before or after the national days’ holidays will be reviewed to ensure they were issued for valid reasons.
Sources also revealed that some medical centers easily issue sick leaves, which encourages people and adds fuel to the problem.
Meanwhile, they indicated that the Ministry of Health was almost empty on Wednesday due to several reasons, adding that some employees were on official assignments while others were on vacation.