Hundreds of Pakistani Doctors sacked in Saudi Arabia
*ISLAMABAD - Hundreds of doctors holding postgraduate degrees from Pakistan have reportedly been sacked from their posts in Saudi Arabia. The news began circulating on various media outlets this month and recently the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has taken notice of it.*
In a tweet on Friday he said the ministry of health has contacted Saudi authorities to get to the bottom of the matter. He said that once the facts of the investigation are uncovered and verified, remedial actions will be taken in cooperation with the Saudi government.
Dr Mirza added that the government of Pakistan extends its full support to overseas doctors in this difficult time. He said he had directed the health ministry to facilitate the doctors as soon as possible.
On August 7, a *Dawn* report stated that Saudi Arabia along with a few other Arab countries including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have stopped recognising Pakistan’s Master of Surgery (MS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programmes.