Thursday, 12 May 2016

No More Iqama Renewal for Expatriate Doctors who have spent 10 Years in KSA

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is gearing up for a series of massive changes in order to align the current state with the Saudi Vision 2030. Those who want to find out more about the Vision 2030 can search about it online, just search for Saudi VISION 2030 COMPLETE ANALYSIS. Earlier last week, a major shuffle was visible of the senior positions within the government of Saudi Arabia. These moves can also be seen as part of the essential Saudization process which was initiated not too long ago in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For those who may not know, the process of Saudization is a process which is aimed towards reducing the number of expatriate workers in the Kingdom and replacing those workers with local Saudi employees. Recommended: What is Nitaqat System in Saudi Arabia?

There are also numerous reports coming out from both national and international media houses and news publications. These reports claim through highly reputable sources that the Ministry of Health and the Health Sector will be going through some major changes in the near future. The Minister for Health, Tawfiq Al Rabiah has just announced an 11 point plan which has been aimed at the complete revamping of the Health Sector and also at streamlining the Ministry of Health. In accordance to the Al Arabiya Website, the minister of health, who had been appointed just recently, wants to make all of the procedures into an electronic format in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of all of the government owned and run hospitals. The specialists and doctors will not be holding any administrative positions in accordance to this new 11 point agenda brought forward by the Minister of Health, Tawfiq Al Rabiah.

All of the doctors and specialists will now only focus on their respective areas of expertise and not in the management or organization of the hospital. In accordance to the news report, the vital or pivotal part of this proposed program will revolve around those specialists, consultants and doctors who are expatriates. According to the proposed plan, all of the expatriate specialists and doctors who have spent a period of more than 10 years in the Kingdom will not be able to renew their residency or work permits (also known as Iqama) any more.

All of the expatriate consultants who have resided in the Kingdom for a period of more than 15 years will also not be allowed to renew their residency or work permits. None of the expatriate doctors will be allowed to hold any sort of administrative position at any of the government or state run hospitals.

Media sources repeatedly tried to get in touch with any official from the health department in order to verify this statement and news. However the Ministry of Health or any official from the Ministry could not be reached in order to verify this news. The Al Mowaten website quoted sources, have denied the existence of any sort of such plan.
Source: Arab News

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