Officials: Shortage of qualified Saudi doctors ails health sector
The ministry blamed the shortage on the insufficient number of health and medical graduates, among other things
With the implementation of various expansion projects in the health sector, the Ministry of Health’s 2012-2013 report shows that there is a shortage of qualified Saudi doctors, nurses and other medical and health staff, Makkah daily reported on Saturday.
The ministry blamed the shortage on the insufficient number of health and medical graduates, employment of foreigners over Saudis due to their qualifications and an insufficient number of training workshops.
Additionally, authorities said inadequate scholarships, limited postgraduate studies in the health and medical fields, low and unattractive salaries offered and the complicated bureaucracy of employment also added to the shortage.
The ministry encouraged the private sector to open more health and medical sciences colleges.
It said the education sector must take into account the technological and medical advancements in the health field to make its graduates appealing to prospective employers.
Last week, a report by the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) revealed several human rights violations and shortcomings in the health sector in the Kingdom.
The NSHR said health services in the Kingdom need drastic improvements.
A version of this article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Dec.21 2014.
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