Tens of thousands of Pakistani doctors work in Saudi Arabia, however, for those working with an MS (Master of Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree from Pakistan might be at risk of losing their jobs as their degrees have been rejected by Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry.
According to the Indian financial newspaper Live Mint, the move has rendered hundreds of Pakistani doctors jobless.
#NewsAlert – Saudi Arabia asks all Pakistani doctors with MS and MD degrees to leave the country. If they don’t leave themselves, they will be deported. The decision is because of poor training infrastructure of doctors in Pakistan: Sources pic.twitter.com/l0oNyHYVHH
— News18 (@CNNnews18) August 8, 2019
The reason cited by the Health Ministry for the unprecedented move is that the MS and MD degrees from Pakistan lacked a structured training programme.
It isn’t only Saudi Arabia that has implemented these new measures, the kingdoms other neighbours like the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar also took a similar step.
Import some doctors from #Pakistan
Saudi Arabia & Arab countries have rejected postgraduate degree programme of #Pakistan — MS (Master of Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine)
— EternalSeeker (@TweetStreet247) August 8, 2019