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Saudi Arabia’s Healthcare Crisis: 175,000 Workers Needed by 2030

The blog is been referred from Alarabia News.

VISION 2030, Saudi Arabia needs to hire extra doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to address shortages and satisfy the demands of its expanding population. Along with this big infrastructure on the floor, like the NEOM PROJECT, they have categorized KSA into 6 clusters in this project. When we talk about hiring extra healthcare professionals, it is reported that 175,000 doctors, 64,000 additional nurses, and 42,000 additional allied health professionals are in demand in KSA. Other categories supporting the healthcare operation and management support team include caregivers, diagnostics, rehabilitation, technical challenges, and other care sector professionals. 

As per the current crisis in KSA, the Healthcare Director, Mr. Manssor Ahmed, stated the requirements of healthcare professionals (nurses, doctors, and allied Healthcare) have been raised as never before. According to him, as part of the Saudiization campaign in the healthcare industry, the bulk of the 232,000 expatriate medical professionals are currently employed.

The research observes that the demand for medical personnel grows rapidly as the region moves quickly towards building healthcare infrastructure to improve access to care. Additionally, the backdrop in which health systems are operating is changing, as is the burden of chronic diseases, the aging of the population, rising patient expectations, and the quickening pace of technological and medical innovation. All of these factors have an impact on the way health services are provided.

Due to this, changes in the human skill set needed to meet the population’s current and future healthcare needs are being brought about. According to Ahmed, Saudi Arabia has a population of 36.5 million and is the largest in the GCC, one of the region’s major healthcare markets. This and the nation’s ambitious Vision 2030 goals are causing the Kingdom’s economy, including healthcare, to undergo fundamental structural changes.

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An additional 26,000 to 43,000 beds will be necessary due to the growth in the population, which is projected to reach 45 million by 2023, and the demand for new healthcare facilities. The demand is anticipated to be much higher in the coming future. Currently, 61 percent of chemists, 19 percent of allied health professionals, 60 percent of doctors (including dentists), 57 percent of nurses, and 232,000 other medical professionals are foreign-born.

Additionally, the Kingdom is starting to adopt new medical technologies, shifting demand away from traditional courses and toward advanced medical education. Artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, robotic medical sciences, genomic sequences, and short courses to improve the skill set of physicians, registered nurses, and allied health professionals to choose specialized roles, all of which will require new facilities.

The Middle East Is Experiencing Shortages

Other regional healthcare deficiencies were also examined in the report. By 2030, Egypt will need to hire some 48,000 new healthcare workers despite having one of the lowest ratios of physicians to nurses globally.

According to Ahmed, the lowest healthcare worker-to-resident ratio in the Middle East is seen in Egypt. According to one expert, Egypt produces many doctors, but very few are practicing there because the best ones are leaving for the GCC and the West. A total of 13,600 additional hospital beds will be needed because of the growing population, projected to reach 115 million by 2030, and the need for new healthcare facilities.

There will be a rise in the need for dentists, chemists, nurses, and physicians. In addition to the rollout of the Universal Healthcare Insurance (UHI), which is starting to expand the number of beds per population to boost the accessibility of healthcare services, there is an increasing demand for healthcare workers to meet the growing population.

Although it is making progress, Egypt’s rapidly developing healthcare system still has to do more to manage the rise in non-communicable diseases and fill the gap in the number of beds. There is a high need for high-quality healthcare, hospital facilities, and medical staff due to population growth, aging, and bed shortages.

According to Ahmed, there would be a shortage of 15,000 nurses and allied health workers in Abu Dhabi by 2030 and 6,000 doctors and 11,000 nurses in Dubai. He added that there is still a shortage of trained physicians/nurses, particularly local professionals, and the number of healthcare workers in the UAE has increased significantly. The majority of the health workforce gaps are not just doctors.

The physician and nurse density in the UAE, at 2.9 and 6.4 per 1,000 people, respectively, is greater than the GCC average but much below global benchmarks with established healthcare systems. The distribution of doctors and nurses within the UAE is also unbalanced, with Abu Dhabi having the greatest ratio of medical professionals to the total population.

In conclusion, the healthcare crisis in Saudi Arabia is a serious concern as it requires 175,000 workers by 2030. However, you would be glad to know that we at Dynamic Health Staff are helping to support the healthcare sector and overcome the crises in KSA by recruiting nurses from India and deploying them to Saudi Arabia. 

This effort will provide employment opportunities in the healthcare sector and help improve the healthcare system in Saudi Arabia. It is essential to address this issue and take steps towards finding a long-term solution to provide quality healthcare to the citizens of Saudi Arabia. Within a year, we at DHS deploy 2500 – 3000 nurses along with a good number of doctors in private and ministry hospitals to combat the ongoing shortages of healthcare professionals in KSA. 

With more than 45 years of expertise, we have deployed many healthcare professionals to KSA; you can check out here: Success Stories of Healthcare Professionals deployed by DHS.

Also, if you are looking to settle in Saudi Arabia as a healthcare professional (Nurse, doctor, or allied professional), this is the chance for you, and we at Dynamic Health Staff can assist you in starting your career as a nurse in a new country, as we have already deployed 25,000+ nurses and 1000+ doctors across the globe and still counting. 

For employment opportunities in the healthcare sector and building your career as a healthcare professional in Saudi Arabia, you can contact us at +919810017608 or email enquiry@dynamichealthstaff.com, and our qualified professionals will get in touch with you with the best available opportunity. In addition, you can follow the most recent trends, news, and job updates by subscribing to our newsletter. 

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