Fake documents of expat doctors stirs Twitter protest in Saudi Arabia
It was revealed that an Egyptian doctor used fake diplomas to work as an anesthesia consultant for around 10 years
A number of Saudi men have launched a Twitter campaign calling for the credentials of expatriate doctors recently hired to work in the Kingdom to be double checked, Al-Hayat daily reported.
The campaign coincides with the case of an Egyptian doctor who used fake diplomas to work as an anesthesia consultant for around 10 years at the Maternity and Children’s Hospital of Dammam. It sheds light on the medical errors made by fake doctors.
This campaign seeks to raise the awareness of all officials of the ministries that recruit engineers, doctors, technicians and other professionals from overseas.
Many young men and women responded to the campaign and stressed in their tweets the importance of cross checking the credentials of all doctors including consultants in order to safeguard public health.
The story of the Egyptian consultant has stirred public opinion because the fake doctor worked in the Kingdom for a decade and was even able to sneak out of the country. He worked for King Fahd Medical City and King Fahd Hospital, both in Jeddah, before accepting a job at the Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Dammam.
There are no accurate statistics on the number of fake medical diplomas that are discovered every year in the Kingdom.
This artricle was first published in the Saudi Gazette.
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