In a major setback to Pakistan Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE will no longer let Pakistani doctors practice in their country, says reports. While the decision would affect a number of doctors practising, the countries have asked the professionals to get ready for deportation.
As per reports, the doctors wouldn’t be eligible to work in Saudi Arabia and a few other Arab countries as its MS (Master of Surgery)/MD (Doctor of Medicine) post-graduate programme has been de-recognised in the kingdom.
The decision was first taken by Saudi Arabia, following which other Arabic countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have also de-recognised Pakistani medical programmes.
The decision has come mainly because the Saudi health ministry has found that Pakistan’s MS/MD programmes do not have structured training programmes, which is a requisite to employ medics for higher positions.
Following the decision, the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) issued termination letters to several Pakistani doctors and said their applications for professional qualifications had been dismissed as the Pakistani degree was admissible as per the rules.