By Andy Sambidge
Health chiefs say recruitment drive is set to continue this year as major new facilities open in emirate
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hired more than 1,600 medical staff during 2014 bringing the total workforce to 11,135, according to a senior official.
Of the 1,600 staff recruited, 328 were administration staff, 224 medical staff, 534 nurses, 222 paramedics and 26 were medical trainees, said Maryam Subaih, director of human resources at the DHA.
She said: "In 2014, we carried out a substantial recruitment drive and we will continue to do so this year. The demand for healthcare staff is fuelled by the ever-growing health sector and completion of new projects.
"Qualified talent-pool is the lifeline of the health sector and at the DHA we pay particular emphasis to recruit, train and retain our staff. In the last two years, more than 3,336 employees have received upgrades."
Subaih added that the 200 bed Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital will be operational this year and the expansion of the Trauma Centre will be completed.
She said that the recruitment is in line with the Dubai Health Strategy 2013-2025 and is based on a detailed workforce plan which takes into consideration various factors such as specialty of manpower needed, and number of nurses per hospital bed.
More than one million patients were treated at Dubai Health Authority-run hospitals and specialty centres in 2014, it was announced in January.
The total number of patients that visited Dubai, Rashid, Latifa and Hatta hospital as well as specialty centres including Dubai Diabetes Centre, Thalassemia Centre, Airport Medical Centre and Dubai Gynecology Centre were 1,102,336.