(MENAFN - Arab News) Health Ministry spokesman Khalid Al-Mirghalani recently announced that health sector job positions filled currently by non-Saudis are to be deemed vacant until they are occupied by Saudis.
"This is the standard rule by which the ministry is operating; priority will always be given to Saudi citizens," he emphasized.
The Health Ministry is collaborating with a number of Saudi universities and hospitals to address the increasing number of unemployed diploma graduates by accommodating them in the sector after they undergo training.
"The ministry has worked out a training plan to qualify graduates within a period of six months. During the first stage, the trainees will study medical terms in English," said the spokesman.
He said the second stage would entail practical training in hospitals and the ministry's various health centers, according to the graduate's area of specialty.
This program, he explained, will address the increasing number of unemployed diploma holders who did not pass the professional tests and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties' classifications.
"The training period will not exceed one year, and those who sign contracts during the training period will receive a monthly payment," he added.
The training program will be established with the help of a team of experts comprising members from various government bodies.