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Experience and opportunity are missing in UAE healthcare sector

Experience and opportunity are missing in UAE healthcare sector
 
The UAE needs to attract higher numbers of experienced medical staff and boost career opportunities as it looks to dramatically expand its services. Thats according to a survey undertaken by healthcare recruitment specialists Your World, at the recent Abu Dhabi Medical Congress event.
 
Over three quarters of the delegates questioned by Your World agreed that in order to ease recruitment problems in the area, salaries must rise. The Chief executive of the largest hospital in the UAE has already been quoted in the press as saying that  there is a shortage in every single profession in healthcare, said Neil Edwards, International Business Development Manager  at Your World. Every single Gulf nation is building new hospitals but the need to staff them is not really being addressed and recent press reports in the region have suggested that the number of qualified nurses and doctors will have to double in the next decade. And with the UAE looking to take a lead in the market for medical tourism, the skill shortage can only get worse.
 
With a real shortage of healthcare professionals amongst the native UAE population, Edwards says that the Emirates will need to continue plugging gaps in experience from abroad. However the UAE is currently competing with countries such as the USA, UK and Australia which are also experiencing skills shortages and offering more attractive salary packages. Location and lifestyle can only compensate for so much, he says, and if the UAE is serious about becoming a leader in the provision of healthcare tourism then it also needs to be leader in terms of salary and benefits packages and career progression. What the region needs is a multi faceted solution with imported skills and experience working alongside new graduates.
 
The Abu Dhabi Medical Congress brought together leading international healthcare companies, with over 120 exhibitors and 4000 visitors from around the world.

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