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Saudi Shoura members call for hiring of more local doctors

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Saudi Shoura Council has urged the Health Ministry to coordinate with the concerned departments to handle high jobless rates among the Kingdom’s dental specialists and provide them with new job opportunities. They have also called for hiring of more local doctors.

The Council’s members also voted unanimously on other related health issues, among them to fasten methods in equipping and operating new hospitals.

Also long waiting hours for outpatient clinics, surgical operations and emergency services in Saudi hospitals, were discussed by Council’s members.

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Al-Riyad newspaper had published earlier details of the recommendations made during the Council’s session.

It led to social media reactions, with some saying there are 10,000 Egyptian physicians in the Kingdom even though unemployment among Saudi physicians is high.

Saudization program

Shoura member Sultana al-Badawi who made recommendations to the Council, confirmed that the status of more than 2,000 graduates where not processed while their professional ranking cards, which incurred them SAR 6,000 are about to expire, questioning about the Health Ministry plans to replace the foreign physicians by Saudis, pointing that Saudization in this field reached 75 percent.

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She also pointed out the long waiting time for appointments which can take up to a year, while middle class citizens borrow to pay for their dental health with one patient’s debt topping SAR 10,000.

Social media users have also called for ban of foreign physicians from working in Saudi Arabia highlighting the case of a paint worker who was found working as a dentist.