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Three-quarters of Saudi health centres said to face closure

Private health institutes rapped for failing to comply with recruitment rules

Three-quarters of Saudi health centres said to face closure
Saudi Ministry of Health has taken action against 72 percent of private health institutes – 1,938 centres – who have allegedly failed to meet minimum requirements for recruitment of consultants.

Almost three-quarters of private health centres in Saudi Arabia reportedly face closure for failing to hire enough consultant doctors.

According to a report in Saudi Gazette, the Ministry of Health has taken action against 72 percent of private health institutes – 1,938 centres – who have allegedly failed to meet minimum requirements for recruitment of consultants.

The newspaper suggested that it was mandatory for each medical centre to hire at least one or two consultants.

However, one centre owner was quoted as saying it was difficult to recruit consultant doctors as most prefer to work in hospitals rather than surgeries.

“It is impossible to hire 2,670 consultants,” the unnamed owner said. “If medical institutes which fail to comply with the ministry’s requirement shut down, around 37 million patients a year would be deprived of health care.

“Most of the available consultants prefer to work for hospitals rather than medical centres.”

The owner in question has reportedly sent a request to the Ministry of Health to reconsider the requirements.

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