Pakistani doctors with MS, MD degrees lose their jobs in Saudi Arabia
UAE, Bahrain and Qatar to follow Saudi Arabia in taking similar steps
RIYADH: Hundreds of Pakistani doctors with MS (Masters in Surgery) and MD (Doctor in Medicine) have either been told to leave the country or face deportation as the department of health rejects the degree programme.
The news is worrying for hundreds of Pakistani doctors in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia nd other Arab countries have rejected the century-old postgraduate degree programme of Pakistan–the MS and the MD, according to Dawn news.
Citing the lack of structured training programme, Bahrian, the UAE and Qatar followed suit. The move has left hundreds of medics jobless who will have to move out of these countries soon.
According to Dawn, one of the affected doctors said that the decision was painfully embarrassing as the same degree programmes offered by Sudan, India, Egypt and Bangladesh were acceptable in the kingdom and some other countries.
Most of the doctors affected by the degree programme crisis were hired in 2016 by the Saudi health ministry when it conducted interviews in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
“Your application for professional qualification has been rejected. Reason is that your master degree from Pakistan is not acceptable according to the SCFHS regulations,” reads one of the letters, according to the report in Dawn.
Association of University Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan’s spokesperson Dr Asad Noor said that the action was a disrespect to the cream of the nation.
He claimed that College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) delegations during recent visits to Saudi Arabia and some Gulf states had presented distorted facts about Pakistan’s university programme to maintain monopoly of the CPSP-sponsored FCPS qualification.
One Pakistani doctor in Saudi Arabia narrated his ordeal.
“I had done five-year postgraduate qualification from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, with training from Lahore General Hospital… But all of a sudden the Saudi health ministry terminated my job contract, landing me and my family in immense shock,” he said.