Women physiotherapy grads protest employment hurdles

Updated 18 January 2016
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Women physiotherapy grads protest employment hurdles

JEDDAH: Women graduates in the field of physiotherapy in a number of regions in the Kingdom are facing obstacles of employment at specialized centers, despite the fact that many of these centers are in need of qualified staff.

For those appointed, many face the problem of being unable to earn the title that is commensurate with their qualifications, local media has reported.
Rather than being titled “specialists”, they are given the title “technicians,” which they say deprives them of numerous financial and employment benefits.
The issue has prompted many graduates to appeal to authorities to address the problem.
Abrar Al-Amri was quoted as saying that she selected physiotherapy because of the prospects of good employment opportunities, but was shocked to discover challenges to employment once she entered the job market.
“Government hospitals only appoint a specific number of physiotherapists. Some hospitals do not even include a department, although hundreds graduate each year and are ready for employment,” she said.
“Centers and private hospitals do not give physiotherapists their full rights, starting from the title in the work contract as ‘Technician’, instead of ‘Specialist’. This done to reduce the salary and avoid other benefits such as financial allowance if the specialist gets an infection from a patient.”
Nihal Khadrawi said a lack of equipment at centers and hospitals and inadequate understanding or acceptance about physiotherapy among patients are some of the challenges.
Faisal Al-Zahrani, spokesman of the health ministry, was quoted as saying that regulations stipulate that licenses to medical cadres should be based on the professional classification certificate and the professional registration, both of which are issued by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
He said these documents determine the profession in various specialties and those who work at health centers should not accept anything less than what has been determined.
Employment in the field of physiotherapy is based on the availability of jobs, be it public or private sector, he added.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 27 min 42 sec ago
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.