When I read this article today, I wasn’t really surprised. Wasta will always be part of our life. I would like to look at what the Minister of Health said in the article.
I always hated our governmental hospitals, always hated their systems, many of their doctors. Losing my mother last year fed this hatred even more thanks to the lovely MOH. My mother was denied treatment abroad because “her treatment is available here”. Of course we tried more than once and at the end we were told to find a wasta. Secondly when my mother was in her death bed, we wanted her to rest alone because she was in pain. Of course we needed wasta to get her own room. Both we couldn’t get because “we didn’t have the wasta”. Finally, the doctor who treated her for her final year and messed up everything is mainly who I blame in the death of my mother. A reason why I stopped believing that a Dr before your name really means anything.
The problem we do have good doctors, our problem is with the facilites and system. When I go into a doctors room while he is using his iPhone. It’s not the doctors fault, it who hired him.
Now let me cover some of what the Minister Said
25 MPs stopped him from firing a doctor who did a medical wrong doing
First, why don’t you say the name of these 25 MPs? let the people know who they are. Let the people know that they have voted for the wrong people. Let the people know you are honest at your work. Corruption is not about money only, corruption can be not giving what people deserve, or being paid your salary when you are not going to work. We know there are bad MPs and these MPs should be exposed.
Segregating Kuwaitis and Expats in Hospitals
He said if this will help then he will do it. Now I can tell Kuwaitis do not blame anyone calling us racist and show offs. Sadly, doctors made an oath when they entered the medical school. The Oath goes something like this:
• I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
• I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
• I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
• The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
• I will respect the secrets which are confided in me;
• I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
• My colleagues will be my brothers and sisters;
• I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, gender, politics, socioeconomic standing, or sexual orientation to intervene between my duty and my patient;
• I will maintain the utmost respect for human life; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
• I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
Notice the point in red? Ah yes…So Doctor, where did your Oath go?
If this happens, we will be officially racist and I hope that Kuwaiti doctors stand up to this.
Every Minister Is Corrupt
He said that people will call anyone in the government corrupt. I do agree with him, this is something wrong and sadly we label any government minister as corrupt (of course without any proof). Sadly this thinking has been fed to us that governments are the demons. That our problem.
Health is one of the most important aspects of any countries life. If this fails, everything else fails. We have the worst systems and we live in denial. I have seen the worst when it comes to the hospitals and healthcare. I hope this gets fixed soon.