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Foreign nurses in Saudi may lose jobs amid localisation plans

Contracts with foreign nurses who have completed 10 years of service could be terminated

Foreign nurses in Saudi may lose jobs amid localisation plans
Doctor, waiting room, medicine

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to localise nursing jobs in medical facilities across the kingdom, a move that could see foreign nurses to lose their jobs.

In a circular to its administrative units, Saudi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said that contracts with foreign nurses who have completed 10 years of service will be terminated, Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

However, specialists in the fields of hemodialysis, emergency and ICU medicine would be retained, it added. 

The plan also does not apply to nurses working for primary healthcare centres in the country’s remote areas unless a capable Saudi replacement is found.

According to Saudi Gazette, the ministry will replace the foreign nurses gradually and localise around 300 senior nursing jobs over the next three years.

The nursing profession is dominated by Filipinos, the report said, with approximately 133,000 Filipino nurses working in government and private hospitals across the country.

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Judy 8 years ago

For the sake of patients - please ensure that Saudi nurses are trained to be compassionate and kind to the patients as well as trained in medical procedures and techniques. It is important that they are aware that even a smile and friendly gestures (which are just automatic to most Philippinos or many other expatriates) are really important to sick people and very much a part of a nurses' duty. A nurse who does not make eye contact and is surly only makes a patient feel worse emotionally.

Sal P 8 years ago

How can they possibly do this? Their culture doesn't let their women mingle with other men, so is this nurses serve only men? Moreover, a patient should be treated with love and care regardless of their background and status. This is a country which has 13 different contract for same job according to their nationality, religion, ethnicity and what not.....Empowering locals are done better in different ways.

Najwa Moosa 8 years ago

It is time for the Human Resource managers of the UAE and the whole Arabian Gulf to be Khaleejis or Arabs, the status quo where the expat manager opens the gates wide to his fellow countrymen cannot be sustained and is untenable and not conducive to productivity and growth of any organisation.

RAK 8 years ago

God help us!!

Sam 8 years ago

Ok, so u sound like u have a thing against non-arab expats. Do you realize what degree of discrimination that is?

Sohail Al Mazrooei 8 years ago

Najwa's comment has hit the nail on the head and is not at all discriminatory.
Rampant nepotism thrives in many organisations where jobs and grades are liberally given depending on who one knows or is from as opposed to what one knows or has accomplished. No wonder there is no accountability because where nepotism thrives, accountability wanes, professionalism ebbs, and efficiency vanishes. Sooner or later, nepotism always leads to perceptions of favouritism, rampant fraud, problems with discipline, deception, breached confidentiality, conspiracy and concealment of implicating evidence and information. There is nothing discriminatory about these facts.

Sam 8 years ago

It IS discriminatory when its an argument about arab vs. non-arab.
Are you telling me that nepotism, lack of professionalism, accountability, favouritism, frauds and all that you mentioned will not plague an all-arab-employees organization ?

Telcoguy 8 years ago

It is good to know only expats engage into nepotism, avouritism, rampant fraud, problems with discipline, deception, breached confidentiality, conspiracy and concealment of implicating evidence and information.
And all that happens under one of the most strict visa regimes.
These expats sure are evil!

PN Menon 8 years ago

I agree to your statement of the ill effects of favouritism and nepotism on the functioning of any organisation that has to keep its head above the waters in a competitive world.
What I do not understand is how nepotism is only 'rampant' among certain nationalities?
If one looks at the bigger picture,all the consequences that you had described would lead to an untimely demise of any organisation,unless it can afford to have access to immense funds needed to sustain such practices.
Then there is the question of effective communication and coordination, which would have been the prime concern of the HRD ,to ensure smooth functioning of a company.
That fact that a few people in the boardroom is conversant in a particular language, does not necessarily enable them to effectively communicate with the rest of the organisation all the way down the line.
The solution that lady suggests is untenable if not prejudiced.

Marijke 8 years ago

@ Sam, it is discrimination against the ones the Expat manager refuses to hire. If a manager only hires people from his own nationality, he is discriminating against ALL other nationalities.
Plus, KSA should be hiring their own nationals first before looking into hiring expats. And it's about time.