Qatar new medical centre searching for British health professionals

Published:  21 May at 6 PM
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Literally thousands of experienced expat medical staff are being sought for Doha’s new, state-of-the-art medical centre for women and children.

Oil-rich Qatar’s brand new Sidra Medical and Research Centre complex is due to open early in 2015, and will offer ultra-modern heathcare for women and children. Built via an endowment from the Qatar Foundation, it’s expected to become the Middle Eastern hub for its speciality and is even equipped with ‘smart beds’ preventing patients from getting bedsores.

The complex will employ over 5,000 workers, made up by 2,000 nurses, 600 doctors, managers, support staff and 800 associated heathcare professionals. At the present time, 14 per cent of those already offered jobs are British.

Chief of anaesthesiology Dr Tim McDonald, is part of the recruitment drive, and is searching for top-quality health professionals committed to education as well as research, as the centre will become a hub for training the next generation of Qatari health workers. Applicants, he added, should have a passion for their jobs, an appreciation of Arab culture and diversity and the ability to appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine.

Dr McDonald himself obviously enjoys the Qatar lifestyle, saying that he was welcomed with open arms by locals as well as the expat community. He noted that, for health professionals bringing their families with them, the new Qatar Academy Sidra was opened especially for the children of expats working for the Qatar Foundation and the Sidra centre.
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