Saudi Arabia to replace expat heathcare staff with Emiratis

Published:  2 Oct at 6 PM
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As the oil-rich kingdom powers ahead with its Saudization programme, expat healthcare workers in administrative positions in its heathcare services may be replaced by locals.

Private sector hospitals, medical centres and polyclinics in Saudi Arabia have traditionally employed expat labour in their administrative sectors, but Saudization may soon put an end to the practice. According to Hani al Kholaif, a member of the Saudi Council of Chambers’ committee on health, the numbers of admin positions in private hospitals and clinics are now being tallied.

Al Kholaid told local media that Saudi workers with qualifications in the healthcare, technical and education sectors would be suitable for administrative positions in private medical facilities. Such workers would be able to replace all foreigners at present working as admin staff in the kingdom’s private hospitals and clinics.

Adding that the Council of Chambers committee was already holding training and awareness courses for Saudi jobseekers, he revealed that over 80 Emirati women had already been placed in administration positions in private clinics. At present, there is no information about the amount of notice foreign workers have been given, if any.

Over 50 per cent of the healthcare workers in the kingdom are from overseas, according to figures released by Riyadh’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Last June, it was reported that the government is planning to replace all foreigners working in the healthcare sector with Saudi employees.
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