From now on, people who leave the country while on sick leave will be arrested upon arrival if it is proven that they obtained the sick leave while they were outside the country, reports Al-Qabas daily.
Earlier, several employees especially those who had a good rapport with some doctors made use of this relationship to obtain sick leaves, but the ministries of Interior and Health have finally put in place a system which will make it difficult or rather impossible for such employees to indirectly squander public money.
Security sources said the introduction of the new system will make it difficult for any employee from obtaining sick leave when he/she is outside the country. The sources stated the government sector employees will have to fill what the sources called ‘approved unified medical forms’.
The sources added, in the event of any manipulation the employee, and the doctor who approved the sick leave, will be referred to the Public Prosecution and charged with squandering public funds.
It is reported that the new system prohibits the issuance of back dated sick leaves, and prohibit doctors from issuing sick leaves when they are not on duty be it hospital and specialized medical centers.
Previously, the inauguration of the pilot phase of the automation of obtaining sick leave, medical reports, and other services took place electronically through a special application. Several government agencies have warned their employees against traveling when they are on sick leave, otherwise they will be subjected to legal accountability.