Expats' check-ups set to go private.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT medical tests for newly hired expatriates will be fully transferred to the private sector by the end of the month.
The Health Ministry said yesterday that Al Razi Health Centre will no longer conduct the medical check-ups.
Workers who underwent a medical test at the health centre between December 1 and February 8, and have not completed the procedure, have been urged to follow up by March 15 in order to receive a health certificate.
"The ministry will take on the supervisory duties for the pre-employment health checks for newly hired expatriates, while the private health centres will conduct the medical tests," said Al Razi Health Centre chairwoman Dr Wafaa Al Jowder.
"This is done to ensure the accuracy and proper applications by the private health centres providing the service."
The GDN reported in November last year that the privatisation of the service was expected to reduce the ministry's expense by more than 50 per cent.
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