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Pakistan doctors face mass sacking in Arab countries after MS, MD degrees derecognised

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 11, 2019, 11.20 AM (IST)

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a few other Arab countries have rejected recognition to Pakistan’s postgraduate university programme in medical education – MS and MD – through the diplomatic channel.

The development implies that the Pakistani doctors with MS/MD postgraduate degree programme are no longer eligible to work in these countries.

This decision has reportedly rendered hundreds of highly qualified medics jobless. A majority of them are in Saudi Arabia who have been told to leave or be ready for deportation.

After Saudi Arabia's move, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain also took a similar step, according to the report.

Most of the affected doctors were hired in 2016 by the Saudi Health Ministry when it conducted interviews in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad after inviting applications online. 

The Ministry claimed that Pakistan`s MS/MD programmes lacked structured training, which is a mandatory requirement to hire medics against important positions.

One of the doctors affected by the move said that the decision has brought embarrassment for them since the same degree programme offered by India, Egypt, Sudan, and Bangladesh was acceptable in Saudi Arabia and other countries.

A copy of the service termination letter obtained by this correspondent read, "Your application for professional qualification has been rejected. The reason is that your master degree from Pakistan is not acceptable according to the SCFHS regulations."

Ali Usman, an affected medic, said, "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."

(With inputs from ANI)

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The Ministry claimed that Pakistan`s MS/MD programmes lacked structured training, which is a mandatory requirement to hire medics against important positions.