Kuwait: Healthcare Professional Licence Requirements

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Kuwait: Healthcare Professional Licence Requirements

Arab Times, 31 March 2024: Kuwait’s Health Ministry has issued a Ministerial Decision outlining the general conditions and regulations for licensing healthcare professionals in the public and private sectors.

Under Kuwait Ministerial Decision No. 71/2024, resident doctors and registered assistants are banned from practicing in the private sector unless they work in licensed training establishments, which are supervised.

Health professionals seeking promotion to higher technical levels in the private sector must obtain 100 educational units of continuing medical education approved by the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties.

Individuals over 65 must take part in medical examinations specified by the Ministry to ensure they meet the fitness conditions required before being granted or renewing licences.

These medical examinations must be repeated every two years.

Titles and years of experience required for healthcare professionals in the public sector apply to the private sector, provided the experience is in the same specialty.

General practitioners can work in private clinics, health dispensaries and hospitals, but they must start in accident departments, outpatient clinics or hospital wards under supervision. They cannot perform specialist surgery.

Dentists at general practitioner level can work in private clinics, dental centres and hospitals but must begin at dental departments in outpatient and accident clinics. They cannot work in operating rooms.

The regulations have been issued to ensure the quality and standardisation of medical care provided in both the public and private healthcare sectors in the country.

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Tanya Jain