Thousands Of Expat Medics Needed At Gulf Hospital

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

Daughter holding her mother hand in hospitalThousands of expat staff are sought to fill posts at a cutting edge hospital due to open in the oil rich nation of Qatar next year.

The Sidra Medical and Research Centre is advertising more than 5,000 vacancies.

Among the skilled staff wanted are more than 2,000 nurses, 800 healthcare professional, 600 doctors and hundreds more administrators.

The £4.7 billion hospital is equipped with the latest medical technology to deliver first class treatment and keep patients comfortable.

Smart beds automatically reduce pressure sores and robot vehicles move stores and equipment around the complex.

Passion for people

The doors will open early in 2015 in the emirate’s capital Doha and is targeted at helping women and children in Qatar and other Gulf States.

Besides offering care, the centre will provide world-class research facilities.

“The hospital is seeking world-class staff with skills, qualification and ambition to offer research and education to our patients,” said Tim McDonald, anaesthesiology chief at the hospital. “This commitment is important to us as we are teaching a new generation the best preventative healthcare.

“Besides their jobs skills, I need people with passion and also an appreciation of the difference in culture and diversity in the Gulf.”

The majority of the Qatari population are expats – with between 20% and 30% born in the country.

Qatar is also the world’s richest nation due to huge oil and gas reserves under the desert.

Emergency healthcare is free for everyone, but expats and tourists have to pay for general medical care.

Premature babies at risk

Meanwhile, in Dubai, a shortage of incubators and other medical equipment for premature babies is causing problems for mothers and their babies.

The emirate sees more than 400 premature babies born a year.

Many smaller local hospitals cannot afford the cost of the equipment and specialist staff. A top of the range incubator costs around £7,500 and caring for a baby up to £1,000 a day.

As a result, the premature babies are referred to larger hospitals that do not have enough staff and equipment to look after their own patients as well as referrals.

Now, an official report suggests the number of premature babies could rise by almost 50% over the next few years.

Doctors cite lifestyle and fertility treatments as the two main causes of premature births. Other reasons include marriages later in life with older mothers experiencing difficulties in childbirth.