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Expat Health Insurance News: Expat doctors 'struggle for jobs in UAE'

Expatriate healthcare professionals studying at UAE universities are struggling to find jobs in the kingdom because of bureaucratic regulations.

According to Gulf News, graduates are unable to complete a mandatory three-year practice at a public hospital or clinic because of the limited number of such healthcare establishments that allow expatriates to practice.

The course has to be completed for the expat to apply for a medical licence, but even graduates who find a place at a hospital or clinic are not paid for their three years of training.

Meanwhile, Emirati medical graduates can start work as soon as they finish their studies.

Medicine graduate Riham told the news source: "I was born here and I studied here. My life dream is to become a doctor, which has gone with the wind when I learnt I have to practice in a clinic before being able to apply for the medical licence in order to get a job here."

She said she had tried all the clinics open to her but none had room for her to practice.

Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri of the Ministry of Health told the source that priority for clinic places are given to those who have graduated within the UAE.

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