MANAMA: Seventy Salmaniya Medical Complex doctors will submit a letter to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa next week following the Health Ministry's decision to separate public and private practice. They will express their rejection of the decision and explain the consequences if such a move is implemented. They have suggested revising the pay scales for doctors, especially anaesthetists and radiologists, whose clinics are not doing well, and granting private clinic licences to highly competent and experienced consultants. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has renewed licences of a number of consultants to operate private clinics for one year, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
Call for more poultry subsidy
MANAMA: Businessmen and investors have called for an increase in government subsidy for the poultry sector, to help develop it and raise production to more than 50 per cent - up from the existing 25pc - of the country's market.
They also suggested price liberalisation in view of soaring fodder prices, estimated at 60pc, last year. Local markets have been suffering from a shortage of frozen chicken since Saudi banned poultry exports four months ago. A big drop in quantities of chicken on sale in commercial complexes led a hypermarket to put up a notice saying "Two frozen chickens only per customer", reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej. Delmon Poultry Company's daily production has reached 30,000 to meet local market demand. The company's poultry sales as of September last year were estimated at 6.24 million kg compared with 5.34m kg during the same period in 2011.