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200 health workers reinstated
in Bahrain

(Our Correspondent) / 13 August 2011

MANAMA — Bahrain has lifted suspension of 200 health workers who could resume work next week after they have pledged to follow all laws, regulations and by-laws.

Following investigations, preliminary results indicated that 57 employees would be reinstated after administrative procedures are taken against them and 23 would be sacked following regulations with the Civil Service Bureau law.

They were among 520 workers accused of breaking laws during the unrest at the state-run Salmaniya Medical Complex. Of the total, only 428 were referred to a disciplinary committee after serious allegations were levelled against them.

During the unrest in February and March, Bahrain’s largest hospital was occupied by rioters with the help of health workers.

The Director of Public Relations and International Affairs, Abdulaziz Al Rafai, at the Ministry of Health told the Press on Thursday that those referred to the committee had been temporarily suspended from work.

Meanwhile, the Public Prosecution denied on Thursday dropping criminal charges against doctors, nurses and paramedic staff suspected of involvement in the unrest.

They faced criminal charges and their cases would be referred to courts. Their cases are not similar to health workers who have been referred to an internal investigation by the ministry of health.


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