Bahrain: Independent Family Medicine Clinics for Healthcare Professionals

Bahrain’s Cabinet has amended standards for health professionals. Doctors qualified to work in public and private hospitals are to be permitted to open and run their own independent clinics, following a training program launched by the Arab Gulf University. The Cabinet amended the requirements for such professionals to permit Bahrainis with at least a masters’ degree in family medicine to become licensed and open private family medicine clinics. The amendments are a part of the National Employment Program, seeking to create more jobs for Bahrainis. The Prime Minister has set a target to employ 240 Bahraini doctors over the coming two years.

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