Mass recruitment of foreign nurses for Saudi hospitals

A record 639 qualified nurses have just been recruited from India by the Saudi health authorities for hospitals in the kingdom.

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By  Stuart Qualtrough Published  May 11, 2005

A record 639 qualified nurses have just been recruited from India by the Saudi health authorities for hospitals in the kingdom. This is a record in terms of nurses recruitment based on a single interview in the state of Kerala, according to the government-owned Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (Odepec), which facilitated the recruitment procedures. The successful candidates were selected from a total of 800 applicants on the basis of an interview held in Kochi last month. A three-member team headed by the kingdom's Nursing Director-General Muneera Hamdan Alousami conducted the interviews. Mass retirement of existing nurses has contributed to the shortage of nurses in hospitals around the Gulf states. In addition, the massive increase in the number of elderly people in the region has also boosted the need for nurses from abroad.

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