Envoy: Nurses Among 500 Filipinos Laid Off in Qatar

The Philipine ambassador to Qatar has confirmed that close to two dozen Filipino nurses have been laid off at the country’s government-operated healthcare centers.

In a television interview at ABS-CBN network ambassador Wilfredo Santos said the nurses were among the over 500 Filipinos who lost their jobs at Qatar’s public sector. He added that those affected in the layoffs were those who were aged over 55. They were given two month termination notice to find new jobs.

According to Doha News, the healthcare job cut is the latest wave at Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) at a bad time when the country’s healthcare system is struggling to cope with growing population.

The Philippine embassy posted on its Facebook page saying that Manila has been preparing for the possible influx of laid-off Filipino workers returning from the Middle East. Without specifying details a “feasible plan” has been in place by the Philippine government to ensure that some one million Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad could find work.

Not only Filipinos are feeling the pressure of job losses. Expatriates from various nationalities working in Qatar have already lost their jobs last year as some of the country’s largest employers – including Qatar Petroleum, HMC, Sidra Hospital, Qatar Rail, RasGas and Maersk Oil – have made adjustments amid falling oil prices and reduced government spending, Doha News reported.