Health Ministry plans 73,000 beds in 5 years

Health Ministry plans 73,000 beds in 5 years
Updated 21 March 2015

Health Ministry plans 73,000 beds in 5 years

Health Ministry plans 73,000 beds in 5 years

The Ministry of Health plans to expand hospitals from the current 40,000 beds to 73,000 by the year 2020, a senior official announced recently.
The Kingdom wants to provide the best possible health care for citizens, in line with the directives of the country’s leadership, said Mohammed Hamza Khushaim, deputy health minister for planning and development, at the Third Saudi Forum for the Planning and Design of Hospitals.
The ministry has contacted large health care providers to offer comprehensive health services in the country, he said in a speech to the participants at the forum.
He said the country already has world class facilities that offer a range of services. Many health officials from countries in the region and around the world are visiting these facilities to benchmark the development of their own clinics and hospitals, he said.
Khushaim said the Kingdom has attracted highly trained physicians from all over the world, at a time when there is a global shortage of these health care professionals.
He said the ministry is moving away from developing 50-bed hospitals because they are not economically feasible, and are now focusing on 100-bed facilities. This would also attract more health care professionals, he said.
Khushaim said the ministry has allocated SR1 billion this year to set up more intensive care units at facilities across the country, with staff and equipment.
He rejected reports that some ministry projects had been abandoned. “There have been delays, no failures. The reasons include the need to redesign or modify some facilities so that they are improved,” he said.
“We are seeing a brighter future ahead. I know that my colleagues, fellow health workers, are fully aware of the responsibilities on their shoulders,” he said.