Bahrain: MPs seek to replace expat staff in hospitals

Bahrain’s MPs have presented a bill that seeks to compel private health institutions to employ Bahrainis over expats.

First tabled by the First Deputy Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ali Al Aradi and four MPs in January, the bill will greatly reduce the choice of medical institutions to hire purely on merit and stipulates that expat staff in private health institutions should be sacked within 3 months if a Bahraini candidate is available for the position.

The proposal, if approved, is aimed to include doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and is scheduled to be discussed by MPs at their next weekly meeting on Tuesday.

The amendment is opposed by the cabinet, which describes it as being impractical and disruptive.

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