Ministry of Health eyes hiring 500 expatriate Doctors, 1500 Nurses & Technicians

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has prepared a memo on its needs of doctors and technical medical staff who should be hired to operate new hospitals and clinics, said informed sources, noting that the memo was sent to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for approval. They said the memo shows that MoH needs more than 500 doctors and over 1,500 nurses, radiology technicians and other support medical staff members from India, Philippines and other Asian countries. The sources explained that the aforementioned numbers exclude contracts with specialized companies to provide extra nursing and support staff.
In a different concern, the sources said MOH has started laying off expats working in administrative positions to replace them with citizens, leaving only a few expats in such positions until they become 100 percent Kuwaitized within two years. The sources stressed that MOH had repeatedly informed CSC that it would not be able to Kuwaitize medical and nursing staff within five years like it demanded because it will take at least 10 years for Kuwait graduates to meet the need of staff.

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