Indian doctors spurn Bahrain job offers
Manama, November 24, 2013
Bahrain has failed in its efforts to recruit Indian doctors to work in its hospitals.
Indian physicians have turned down work opportunities, although offered the same salaries as their Bahraini counterparts - plus other allowances provided for foreigners, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Bahrain Medical Society chairwoman Dr Maha Al Kawari considered the setback a wake-up call, and revealed the plight of low-paid Bahraini doctors.
"Qatari and UAE doctors are paid three times more than Bahraini physicians", she said.
She urged competent authorities to increase doctors' salaries and improve working environments to ensure better medical services at hospitals and health centres.
The association had submitted proposals to the parliament and the Civil Service Bureau asking for a 50 per cent rise for doctors in addition a 30 per cent danger allowance.
The association called for competent authorities to grant doctors a monthly "clinic allowance" worth BD2,000 - in addition to a monthly BD1,000 allowance for consultants.
Dr Maha outlined other demands, including the calculation of overtime on the basis of 80pc, 90pc and 100pc for grades P8, P9 and P10 respectively. - TradeArabia News Service