Dubai, UAE: With several sectors in Dubai seemingly poised to build on a fast-paced recovery in the emirate, post the global economic recession, recruitment seems to be the buzzword for Q2.
One sector that is needs staff more than any other is the healthcare sector in Dubai.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7 in an exclusive indepth interview, Issa Al Maidoor, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), cited staffing the sector as the most important challenge the DHA faces this year.
“Recruitment of qualified and trained healthcare professionals is a global challenge and thankfully, Dubai is able to attract and retain them. However, keeping in mind the growth of the health sector in Dubai – we will have to ensure that we are able to continue doing so.
“Staffing issues remains one of the biggest challenges we are facing in the health industry today. It’s not facilities, but bringing in quality doctors and nurses to accommodate the increase in demand in medical services,” he said.
According to numbers put out by DHA, the emirate currently employs 15,500 professionals across private medical facilities, while 6,000 work in public ones.
Al Maidoor adds: “An additional 1,500 beds will be added this year across new facilities being constructed to the already 5,000 we currently have.”
Dubai has 21 private hospitals and four government ones, with 2,229 medical facilities and 1,200 private polyclinics.
The DHA head also reported the government body recorded a growth of 12 per cent last year, with its annual increase “based on the parameters set for the 2020 masterplan,” Al Maidoor said.
© Emirates 24|7Mar 2013