5,000 turn up for medical tests after online glitch

January 16, 2014 - 4:58:26 am

Huge rush at the Medical Commission following an error in the online booking system yesterday. Abdul Basit

DOHA: The Medical Comm-ission premises in Abu Hamour witnessed an unusual rush yesterday morning caused by an error in online booking system.

A senior official of the Medical Commission told this daily that about 5,000 people turned up for the mandatory medical tests yesterday due to “overbooking”.

Companies seeking tests for newly recruited workers are required to take prior appointments online and the system error apparently led to giving appointments to too many people at the same time.

The roads in front of the Commission premises saw heavy traffic jams yesterday morning. Police were seen diverting traffic to other directions to control the rush. People gathered for the tests spilled over to surrounding areas. 

Many people were turned away by the Medical Commission staff while others had to wait for long to complete the procedures. “I reached the premises at 9am. After waiting in the queue for long, I was told by the staff that I should come another day,” a newly recruited Indian professional told this daily.

Dr Ibrahim Al Shaar, Director of the Medical Commission, said last evening that the problem was caused by an error in the online booking system, which was fixed later. “The online registration is controlled by the IT department at the Supreme Council of Health. The rush was caused by an overbooking. It has been fixed and all those who could not complete  the tests yesterday have been given a new appointment,” said Al Shaar. The Medical Commission that works in two shifts receives up to 3,000 visitors daily. 

The Peninsula