Posted on May 13, 2018

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs recently recognized Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) for its efforts supporting expatriate laborers and labor groups in the country.

During the Ministry’s fifth annual Labor and Worker Conference, held at the Kempinski Hotel, The Pearl-Qatar on 1 May, HMC’s Department of Social Services was acknowledged for its work assisting expatriate patients, particularly road, construction, and cleaning workers, who have been injured or becomes ill and require medical treatment. The success of a hotline established between HMC and the Ministry to assist patients was highlighted, as was the role HMC’s Department of Social Services plays in supporting expatriate laborers through communicating with their employers, government organizations, and local charities to resolve financial issues.

Ms. Hayfa Al Hajri, Acting Executive Director of HMC's Department of Social Services, thanked His Excellency the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs Dr. Issa Bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi for recognizing her Department’s work. She commended the Ministry for its focus on collaborating with local companies, non-profit organizations, and government organizations to support expatriate laborers working in the country. The conference was attended by representatives from a number of government institutions, ministries, local companies, and human rights organizations.

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In support of the expatriate laborer community, last year HMC opened Bayt Aman, a care facility for discharged patients who are in the final stages of recovery following illness and are waiting to return to their home country. The facility, located in Al Thumama, can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time and is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by a charge nurse and patient care attendants. Additionally, plans are underway to open a new general hospital in the Industrial Area and two new hospitals in Mesaieed and Ras Laffan. These facilities will enhance health services and cater to populations located in different regions of the country, delivering more integrated care at the local level while helping to alleviate the pressure on hospitals in Doha.