Saudi healthcare chiefs may soon replace expat workers with locals

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Foreigners working in private sector administrative jobs at hospitals, polyclinics and medical centres could soon be replaced by local workers as the Kingdom forges ahead with plans to “Saudize” those industries, local media reported.

Saudi Council of Chambers health committee member Hani Al Kholaif said that together with the Human Resources Development Fund it had started counting administrative jobs in all private hospitals and polyclinics, the Saudi Gazette reported.

According to the Gazette, he said Saudi men and women jobseekers who were qualified to take up jobs in the education, technical and health specialties would replace foreigners in the administrative posts.

Al Kholaifi, who is also chairman of the health committee at the Hail chamber, said the committee was carrying out training courses and awareness classes for Saudi jobseekers to enable them to take up the jobs.

“The training courses helped finding jobs for more than 80 Saudi women at polyclinics,” he was quoted as saying.

It is unclear how much, if any, notice foreigners would receive or whether they would immediately face the axe under the plan.

In June, the Arabian Gazette reported that the Saudi government was aggressively working on plans to complete Saudisation of the medical sector.

A study by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry showed that foreigners made up 51 percent of the health sector workforce.

Saudi has set aside $4bn for various new healthcare projects in the Kingdom.

This includes the development of 19 medical complexes and hospitals with a capacity of 7,400 beds. Also, it plans to establish three specialised centres to treat children.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

Kingdom expects nearly 3 million pilgrims in Makkah this year...

Finger on the pulse of Gulf healthcare

Finger on the pulse of Gulf healthcare

Fast-expanding Anglo Arabian Healthcare has already built up...

Saudi healthcare booms as state bids to close welfare gap

Saudi healthcare booms as state bids to close welfare gap

Stock market listings are being planned by two of Saudi Arabia...

Most Discussed
  • 16
    Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

    @John...I actually laughed out load at that comment! Having said that..I still believe DAMAC hold the mantal for 'Redefining Trust'... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:06 PM - Simon
  • 8
    Post traumatic stress?

    I once had a Emirates Post employee hang up on me when I asked her to repeat something. That said, the worst is my management company, Kingfield Management... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:07 PM - Sarah
  • 2
    Dubai Int'l T1 is too congested, says Indian airline boss

    i am also obliged to travel through Dubai Airport (DXB) in the past and hopefully not in the future. Definitly Mr. Mevlin is absolutly right. The conditions... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:06 PM - Michael
  • 16
    Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

    @John...I actually laughed out load at that comment! Having said that..I still believe DAMAC hold the mantal for 'Redefining Trust'... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:06 PM - Simon
  • 14
    Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

    Gaja - Anil is RIGHT this once! Modi stands for anarchy. Look at the way he is treating the minorities. Do you even for a second believe that he is innocent... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 1:42 PM - Ann
  • 8
    Post traumatic stress?

    I once had a Emirates Post employee hang up on me when I asked her to repeat something. That said, the worst is my management company, Kingfield Management... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:07 PM - Sarah