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All Saudi health jobs 'to be nationalised in five years'

Kingdom looks to fill all healthcare roles with nationals as part of Saudisation scheme - report

All Saudi health jobs 'to be nationalised in five years'

All jobs in Saudi Arabia’s health sector will be filled by nationals within the next five years, according to a report in the kingdom.

Sources told English language Saudi Gazette that government agencies were currently working on ‘Saudisation’ of the sector, which would be based on the availability of qualified staff and the industry’s growth requirements.

Citing a study by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the newspaper said that foreigners currently accounted for 51 percent of the health sector workforce.

The study called for a review of Saudisation programmes in the country’s health sector due to its reliance on highly skilled and experienced overseas technicians. It also found that the vast majority of Saudi men did not seek employment in healthcare roles.

Saudi Arabia recently earmarked SR15bn ($4bn) to spend on a series of new healthcare projects across the Gulf country.

King Abdullah directly approved the allocation of the cash which will be used to fund 22 new medical projects throughout various parts of the GCC’s most populous country.

Projects will include 19 medical complexes and hospitals with a capacity of 7,400 beds in addition to three centres specifically for treating children.

Among the new facilities are two 200-bed and one 500-bed hospital in Makkah region, 100-bed medical complexes in Riyadh and Jeddah, and 500-bed treatment centres in Qatif, al-Hassa, Khamees Mushayt and West Dammam.

Spending on health care across the Gulf countries is forecast to reach about $79bn by 2015, as populations increase and governments invest oil revenue to boost their health care, Arab News reported earlier this month, citing a survey by Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz).

Public health expenditure per capita has grown at an average of 7.9 percent across GCC states from 2000-2009, according to the survey by Markaz. Public health expenditure in GCC countries is between 63 percent and 80 percent of total health expenditure.

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NMA 6 years ago

This is very dangerous.....

Glen 6 years ago

Well done!!! a very good commitment, if a well planed strategy is in place and executed according to plan, it will be achieved. Any nation that is not able to take care of itself by using its own people for Health, Military, Education and other essential services will not be able to rest. Remember, "The hand that rocks the craddle, RULES the nation.

Billy 6 years ago

This is a totally unrealistic goal and will absolutely fail. No idea why GCC governments insist on setting such unbelievable targets as it simply wrecks any credibility they may have when they fail. Why is this un-achievable? To achieve even the most basic of medical qualifications takes 4 years at university which then has to be followed by internships and hands on learning in a medical environment for 2 years. If we are then going to talk about consultant stage medical practitioners they will need a further 10 years hands on experience to be at the same level as can be "imported" from established hospitals in the West. Since the report says that most Saudi men do not seek healthcare jobs then these people will have to start from the very beginning, and women I assume will not be allowed to cover all the medical positions. So how will"all healthcare positions" be nationalised when the Saudi's will not have the skills to do it?

John 6 years ago

Note to self - do not travel to KSA in 5 years time!

we can run our own country 6 years ago

Good to see the usual negative comments whos brains are hard wired towards negativity.

Damned if we nationalize, damned if we don't.

As the Arab proverb goes, the dogs bark but the caravan moves on...

Imagine a big, long, majestic caravan filled with wealthy travelers.

As it passes from town to town, every starving little mangy mongrel dog comes out from hiding to run alongside it and bark.

Does the caravan driver stop to address these insignificant little mongrels?

Of course not.

He doesn't even acknowledge their existence.

He simply keeps the caravan moving forward, no matter how many mangy street mongrels bark and no matter the challenges encountered along the way until the caravan arrives at its destination.

It basically means that insignificant and unimportant people can make all the fuss they like, but it has absolutely no effect on a man or woman completely resolute in the pursuit of their purpose...

procan 6 years ago

Caravan mentality is what keeps you in the 11th century .

Take Ytezy 6 years ago

Money can buy anything... so believe the crowd in the caravane.
But money cannot and will never be able to buy expertise.
Sorry create local expertise from the passing caravane.
Already making such statements shows lack of professional expertise on what is needed.

The other roadblock is people in GCC are not known for being patient..... they want everything yesterday

But it is a good goal to achieve if given enough time.