Maldives no longer “tolerable” for foreign doctors, expatriate medical officer claims

Expatriate medical professionals working in the Maldives regularly face intimidation, fraud and “substandard” treatment from patients, health authorities, local staff and the country’s courts, a foreign medical officer working in the country has revealed.

The expatriate medical professional, who has worked in several posts across the country since 2009, revealed that along with widespread reneging on contracts and failing to deal with intimidation of expatriate medical staff, health officials had, in certain cases, not even checked whether foreign doctors were registered to practice medicine.

“Earlier there was a system of asking doctors for the registration of their basic medical degree (graduation degree) in their own country so as to register them in Maldives,” he told Minivan News. “This law was so compromised over the last two years that in one atoll alone, four unregistered doctors are to my knowledge still practising their absent skills here. Frankly speaking, they can kill anybody just by their lack of knowledge, but some get caught on occasion.”

Medical authorities have claimed they were aware of a number of concerns regarding doctor registration, a situation currently being reviewed in conjunction with the Maldives Medical Council. However, the Ministry of Health and Family denied that a fall in the number of doctors coming from India to practice in the Maldives was related to alleged treatment by authorities and patients on islands – instead noting improved pay rates currently offered in their home country.

However, raising concerns over a “deterioration” in the quality of healthcare being provided in some atolls during the last two years, the expatriate medical officer – who asked not to be identified – also detailed a number of issues over the treatment of foreign workers in the country.

According to the whistle-blower, there were growing concerns among skilled expatriates working in medicine and education in the Maldives that was losing the country its reputation as a “tolerable working place”.

Fewer doctors from India were coming to the Maldives year-on-year, the source observed, in part to what he called “public intolerance” of an imported non-Muslim work force.

“The overall behaviour of the Maldives Ministry of Health and Family and government has been negative. [There is also] an lack of availability of US dollars and the Bank of Maldives (BML) has banned issuing international ATM cards to expatriates,” he said. “Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the exchange rate of the US dollar, but no increase in the salary structure in Maldivian rufiya (MVR), meaning salaries are less than before. There are also instances in which the lawlessness of this country has led to the lack of punishment of Maldivian nationals even for heinous crimes like rape if the victim is an expatriate.”

“Violence”

Taking the example of Gaafu Alif (GA) Atoll, where the medical professional has had experience of working, he alleged “constant fear” and intimidation were regularly experienced by foreign healthcare professionals.

“Increasing instances of violence against expatriates is being reported from everywhere in Maldives,” he said.

On the island of GA Villingili, the medical professional claimed that one paediatrician from Pakistan working on the island was physically assaulted after failing to provide a referral letter demanded by some of his patients.

“I myself was on duty, so we had to make the legal documents for him. Afterwards nothing happened and [the doctor] left after just two days without the intention of continuing their contract. [The doctor] is still working in the Maldives, but somewhere else now,” he said.

“[Another doctor] from Uzebikstan also left GA Atoll because some local teenagers beat her two children. The matter became worse when she and her husband reacted with anger towards these boys. People were singing ‘We will kill you…’ on the roads whenever they came out. Ultimately [the doctor] requested for a transfer and is now working in Faafu Nilandhoo Atoll.”

The medical officer added that from his own experiences, skilled expatriate workers across the Maldives faced intimidation and sexual harassment on the islands, with cases such as expatriate teachers having to defend themselves in their own homes.

“I myself have heard some patients calling me or my colleagues their servants and threatening to do what he/she tells to, or else,” he said. “Interestingly, local staff never help in these situation a because they think we they will not be affected much because we don’t know Dhivehi. The situation becomes much more painful as many of us understand the language quite well. These are just glimpses only. And only of [GA] Atoll. Imagine what will happen if we collect together all the things which have gone wrong across the Maldives.”

The medical professional claimed there were also concerns about how authorities were treating doctors in the country, particularly in regards to contractual obligations such as agreements on wages and accommodation.

According to the source, a number of doctors had shared concerns about amendments made to their contractual agreements without their consent or knowledge once they arrive in the country – both in terms of salary and housing.

“When a doctor lands in Male’, only then [do authorities] reveal to him or her that actually this offer letter is an old one and now the salary structure is a little different. It is always like that. So many times they have done it that now people know about it unofficially and openly and make fun of it,” he claimed.

“Authorities write in their offer letter about free residence while working here. It is mentioned in this form of providing free residence or as much rufiya through a housing allowance, plus their people will help you find a place. They don’t, of course,” he said.

The medical officer claimed that he was personally provided with a housing allowance of MVR 3,000 ruifiya (US$195), assistance in finding accommodation had not been given.

However even upon finding accommodation, a former expatriate paediatrician from South Asia, who was living and working in GA atoll, was alleged to have been evicted from a property on one island by its owners with less than 24 hours notice after they found a tenant willing to pay better rent for the accommodation. The doctor left the island he was assigned after a month and a half due to being unable to find accommodation.

The medical officer added that authorities were ultimately failing to support skilled expatriate workers in favour of local staff who often had no medical or management training.

“It is an everyday story in this hospital and everywhere else in Maldives. Even at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hosptial (IGMH) [in Male’],” he claimed. “Far lower qualified local staff are working with a salary on par with far better qualified expatriate staff, and doing nothing on duty. It frustrates expatriates every single minute. It is not justifiable but local administration support it.”

The expatriate healthcare worker pointed to his own experiences in an atoll hospital, where he claimed trained nurses were having to clean the nappies of elderly patients due to the refusal of local sanitation staff – known as sweepers – to do so.

“This work is for local sweepers, but they often refuse to do it, forcing the staff nurses through equally arrogant management to perform the actions,” he claimed. “They don’t understand that a staff nurse, who has to administer injections and medicines to patients, will get their dress soiled by the excrement if they clean the stool of these patients, and in turn some patient only is going to receive it in returb as a hospital born infection.”

Healthcare provision

Beyond the treatment of expatriate health professionals, the medical officer highlighted a number of concerns about the operations of the nation’s hospitals, such as the impact of the launch earlier this year of the Aasandha universal health scheme.

The medical officer claimed that Aasandha had in fact led to a growing trend of pharmacies bringing in low cost “garbage” medicine to the country, on the grounds that the Aasandha budget was insufficient to acquire medicines from what the medical officer called “standard companies”.

“This in turn is is playing with the health of people by bringing introducing antibiotic resistance or uncompensated chronic diseases due to irregular and uncontrolled dosing of drugs,” he said.

“With the pricing of drugs, we write the number of tablets to be 12. The pharmacy gives seven or eight. Patients don’t know about these things. And as a result they come back to us with partial recovery and antibiotic resistance.”

The medical officer said that in order to try and overcome the limitation, doctors were having to recommend larger prescriptions to ensure a sufficient number of tablets were provided by the pharmacy, before asking patients to return to them to amend the amount they should be taking.

“This way the patient gets the needed amount of medicine, the dosing of which I correct myself after calling him/her back to me with the medicines. This practice is risky but at least I succeeded in managing my patients successfully,” he said.

According to the medical officer another key problem with Aasandha was the lack of public understanding concerning the scheme and entitlements of the public.

“They become very angry when we tell them that this or that medical condition is not covered by Aasandha. A lot of times they force the management to force us to fabricate a medical condition just to get Aasandha approval,” he revealed.

Soon after the scheme had been launched in January this year, Health Minister Dr Ahmed Jamsheed – then Chief Operating Officer at Male’s ADK hospital – said limited information on Aasandha’s financial structure had led the public to exaggerate their medical needs. He urged for a greater sense of public responsibility to prevent overwhelming the country’s health service.

However, calls to limit Aassandha have so far proved divisive in parliament and the present coalition government. Ahmed Thasmeen Ali, head of the government-aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), has previously been an outspoken critic of limiting the provision of universal healthcare at private premises.

The medical officer added that national healthcare provision had also been affected by the launch during the previous government of seven provincial health corporations designed to try and decentralise health care and budgets.

According to the expatriate medical officer, the establishment of the corporations was seen as an attempt by the former government to ensure the work of the Health Ministry was being controlled by government rather than opposition supporters already working within healthcare.

“Splitting the [work] of the Health Ministry into corporations was not a bad idea although it was more motivated by ability to acquire financial control rather than anything else,” he claimed. “The local governance had one thing positive; we could at least address our problems with our employers easily. They were accessible. Although they seldom made any difference, at least there was no frustration that I could not even talk to the authorities. Nowadays, no one can talk to the Mnistry of Health people as most of the time either they simply don’t pick the phone or you cannot connect to them.”

The medical officer said a growing sense of frustration and the shared of experiences of expatriates and healthcare professionals from across the South Asia region had seen the Maldives’ reputation as place to practice medicine tarnished in recent years.

“All these stories do reach [places like] India and I don’t feel that people will tolerate this much more. That’s why there is a constant decline in the number of people coming from somewhere like India to work here in whatever form,” he observed.

Indian High Commission concerned

Earlier this year, Indian High Commissioner Dynaneshwar Mulay raised concerns over the treatment of expatriates from across the South Asia region – particularly by the country’s police and judiciary.

Mulay claimed that alongside concerns about the treatment of some Indian expatriates in relation to the law, there were significant issues relating to “basic human rights” that needed to be addressed concerning immigrant workers from countries including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Addressing the claims, Zaufishaan Abdulla Kamaludeen, Director of Human Resources for the Health Services Corporations, which is currently run under the Ministry of Health, said that while expatriate doctors had traditionally been sourced from India, it had become increasingly difficult to bring them to the Maldives.

Kamaludeen stressed that this change appeared mainly to be a result of more competitive rates of pay for medical staff in India compared to the Maldives

“There have been spikes in the salary packages being offered to doctors from India. This is maybe a reason why since about March 2012, when I joined the Health Ministry, we have been having difficulty getting Indian doctors to work here,” she claimed. “We have been getting many applications from doctors from Pakistan,” she added, stressing that medical personnel were also being sourced from countries like Myanmar to cover demand in the country.

Kamaludeen added that it was traditionally difficult to place expatriate doctors on islands in the country’s outer atolls, a situation he claimed was complicated by the tendency of healthcare professionals to network about their experiences.

However, she denied that the difficulties and complaints recevied staff were a result of intimidation or the attitudes of local staff and patients to foreign workers. Kamaludeen claimed that requests for transfers for most often related to “personal issues”.

“Mainly we get requests for transfer from islands relating to personal problems. These vary on a number of issues such as the availability of vegetarian food,” she claimed. “We also get requests from doctors wishing to work close with other doctors, so they don’t feel isolated on arrival.”

Kamaludeen added that another challenge with placing doctors had come from the set up of certain health corporations to pay skilled medical staff more than if they worked in another region.

“Doctors at times would demand to work for the corporations offering the highest pay,” she said. “Right now, a board has been established to try and harmonise salaries for staff working in different atolls.”

Addressing allegations that there had been issues with the registration of some expatriate medical staff to practice in the Maldives, Kamaludeen said that the ministry had been made aware of instances of doctors working with improper registration.

However, she said that in such cases the Maldives Medical Council had been immediately informed and a review was presently taking place on the issue.

Kamaudeen claimed the issue appeared to have arisen over a lack of awareness of the type of licensing required to practice n the Maldives.

“We have understood this to the result of a lack of information being provided from recruitment groups and agencies,” she said.

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47 thoughts on “Maldives no longer “tolerable” for foreign doctors, expatriate medical officer claims”

  1. Mainly doctors are fraudsters; those so called good doctors who are capable to attract more crazy people will never come to work in these remote Stone Age Islands. These rogue fraud doctors who come here for some peanuts cannot be trusted.

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  2. I wish to congratulate this person for coming forward and expose the situation in this country.

    The untolerant individuals concerned here are obviously plagued by an uncurable disease which is acute idiocy. And I am afraid that there is simply no cure and definitely no coverage under the Aasandha scheme, for such illness!

    If locals cannot appreciate the need, and praise the services rendered to them and their family, may they suffer of their own ailments.

    Only when all expatriates workers leave this country, will they realise how bad they need you. For those here without proper legitimate skills, pack your bags.

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  3. What is stated here is only tip of an iceberg. Expatriates are insulted, looted,mocked and tortured in many places(even tourists)No tourists are dare enough to take a walk around Male' as they will confront many gangs and thugs on the way if at all they tried.

    In the most of the schools children are extremely intrested to sit in the class of expartiate teachers to have 100% entertainment, nasty and vulgar jokes and full freedom to express themselves eithe individully or in groups.

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  4. The Doctors are well advised to flee and they themselves must turn from their ways of ignorance or unto their lands will befall a similar agony.

    The punishment of sadhoom awaits the Maldivian nation, if they do not repent and return to tahweed. The Munafiq will be given ample opportunity before the fire will rise to consume him. And Surely I am oft forgiving and most merciful.

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  5. Unabashed racism and xenophobia is common and nobody raises an eyebrow. If this is how doctors are treated, imagine the lives of unskilled labourers?

    Religious intolerance and bigotry partly fuels this. Open disdain and disrespect to our guests is common. Rote learning and blind faith combined with the blasphemy/apostasy clause allow the newly anointed "sheikhs" rule the ignorant roost.

    This is why we fail to read the irony in the statement - "Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance and I will slit the throat of anyone who says otherwise".

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  6. Neil Merrett I want to congratulate you for writing this article. No other news reporter for minivannews or haveeru has had the balls to write about the treatment meted out to foreign doctors. Also the expatriate teachers. I remember reading about that Gynaecologist who was gang raped and she had to leave the country. The police did not arrest anyone for the crime. I also heard about a Pediatrician who was stabbed by a gang of masked men because the very sick child whom he was treating died due to complications.

    It is evident now that Maldives is importing sub-standard doctors from countries like Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Khazakhastan,Bangladesh, and Timbuktu.

    My advise to Indian Xpatriate workers: pack your bags and leave!!

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  7. No need of expatriates. Tell them to stay in their own country n not to suck the opportunities locals need. Train more locals in medicine n nursing. Like commonwealth, we don't need foreigners to rule and have a say in every aspect of our lives. No, thank you very much.

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  8. Neil Merrett I want to congratulate you for writing this article. No other news reporter for minivannews or haveeru has had the balls to write about the treatment meted out to foreign doctors

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  9. It is indeed very sad that Maldivians act like this towards others be it a foreign doctor, teacher or etc.
    But regarding doctors there is another side to this story. This is no justification to the way Maldivians act towards them, but I think its important we see that side of the story too.
    I have experienced and also been told by a number of people who especially work at atoll and island level hospitals and health care centers about these things happening more and more frequently these days.
    * A number of foreign doctors main aim to work in an atoll hospital or an island health center seem to be to do western countries medical examination that is required for them to undertake before they can practice medicine and migrate to in these countries. For example to do Australian Medical Council MCQ and Clinical examinations. They spend most of their time practising for these examinations and some even during consultation hours is actually revising for the exams. It is very sad to see doctors taking advantage of their job and hardly do the job they are paid to do. They don't give much attention to patients or show any genuine interest in their work. And sadly as there are hardly any supervisors except for health care managers on top of them they can get away with a lot. And sometimes when there are is a team of foreign doctors all of them really want to do the same.
    * Some foreigners have taken the advantage of the Atoll and island setting to a different level. There are a number of foreigners who claim they are doctors when they are not and then even practice medicine in Maldives. Some of them just want to make money I assume. And Health care workers and local nurses have complained with suspicion that this particular doctor doesn't know this and that and is unlikely to be a medical doctor. And even when the government of Maldives have in some cases hired another doctor to replace such doctors there is hardly any action taken and thus more and more foreigners take advantage of this in Maldives.
    * Some foreign doctors are very rude to the patients. Maybe its the doctors role they have been familiar with. Some of them yell at the patients and treat them like they are uneducated fools who cant understand anything. This is also not right I feel.

    With all this said I have also seen foreign doctors in the Atoll and island setting who are very passionate about their work, who respect the patients and who really want to bring a change in the islands they work in. And I have also seen they respect they get from the locals they work with, from their patients and the island community.

    I think its time we actually do a proper study why local Maldivians are acting this way and also about the way doctors act and do their job.

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  10. This is not accurate.

    It is not only now this is been happening. It has been there for ages. Maldivians view the rest of the world, similar to how Arabs view anyone non-Arabic. Maldivians are the blessed, and the others are crap.

    Hence correct the heading. "Maldives continue to harass Doctors"

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  11. Please do give the correct information.
    Few facts are in it but the remaining is not the real story,
    We really appreciate the work doctors are doing, THANKYOU.

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  12. @Ali Shiyam

    Spot on. Maldivians have been living isolated for a very long time, on the opium that is Islam. These two reasons have resulted in many of them being extremely xenophobic and there is widespread hatred of anybody who doesn't follow the same religion as them. Does anybody remember the Maldivians who ruined the wedding vows for a foreign couple, who had to be then personally contacted by the president with an apology? Perhaps many of them overestimate themselves as being higher than people from the rest of South Asia, when many don't realize that without aid from countries like India, Maldives won't survive.

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  13. It is very sad that morality and personal culture dramatically dropping down in Maldives
    yes in Maldives some doctors have very low proffessional skill but not all expatriate doctors and medical staff in such category/
    but when professionals visit Maldives and meet such ugly behavior and threat for they life most of them leave Maldives and as result so poor medical services/
    You have to understand that if you have a very expencive equipment it is not guaranty of good health/
    So that is why some people visit IMR and pay a big money, but after treatment they die because doctor cannot properly read the films and magnetic picture/
    There we go /I even afraid think what will be in nearest future with health care programms in Maldives if such situation will be continue/
    If you not respect other peoples situation will be like reflexion in the mirrow the same things return to you/

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  14. Dear Expatriate Doctor.
    I beg to differ in many of the points raised by you. I lived in that beautiful country for nine years. It was more home for me than my own country. It still is I think.
    An expatriate employee is there by his own choice and has to follow the rules and regulations of that country. If you don’t like the system you are free to leave. Why blame the system? I am sorry to say that you have seen only one side of the coin. You have detailed a lot of issues and happenings to others, disclosing their identity. Yet you did not want to disclose your identity.
    Sir, I would have appreciated if you had narrated to Mr.Neil Merret, the instances of violence, rape, assaults, corruption, intimidations, harressments, discrepencies in insurance and health sectors and other mishaps happening in your own country where you are nothing but a silent and helpless onlooker.
    You were quoting about a doctor’s house rent allowance and not getting any assistance in finding a house. Do you get this in your country? I don’t think so. Before I came to Maldives in 2000 my country gave me an HRA of INR 200 (4$) per month. I am sure I would not have got a room in a decent hotel for one day with that monthly HRA. Leave alone the assistance....Maldives provided me with a free accommodation which probably I would not have been able to afford with my five month’s salary in my country.
    Dear friend, please try to see both sides of the coin. There are many expatriate doctors who are still working in the Maldives for so many years. Please do not generalize.
    And do you have any idea about the problems faced by the Maldivians who go to India. (I am not sure of the other countries). They don’t go there as contract employees like us. They are sick people going there expecting good treatment.
    Please. Let us correct ourselves first.
    Dr.J.Sunil Kumar. Trivandrum.

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  15. @Sunil Kumar: If you were smart and expert as a doctor you would not have told like this but you would have got a decent job in your country. If your skills are least as a doctor, then this is the right place for you. You will have heavenly experience here. You feel that what you get here you dont get in India. The reason is that may be you are unfit there.

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  16. There are some places which are nice and you want to settle there and their are some which are nice and you want to move on. Maldives falls under the second category. Visit them for great sun, sand and sea. And then remember to leave.

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  17. @ Mushi Mas: Expatriate dont walk around Male ? Well i am not sure on which planet u live, but as long as u dress decent and dont walk into streets, expatriates wdnt walk in eg. Rome or London, then u are absolutely fine!

    i have been walking round Male many time as a white girl and out of yelling motor cyclists who think they drive a ferrari not a motor cylce Male is a safe city. And if you dont feel like it- wear a pepper spray or learn how to defend yourself!

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  18. @Sunil Kumar
    Now a days it is better to work in india than going to maldives,the pay packet in india has improved considerably,while the pay in maldives is uncompetitive factor in inflation,no job security,no pension,and intimidation and insecurity

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  19. Dr. J Sunil Kumar,

    If you like Maldives so much and justify it as such...why don't you apply for their citizenship man? It is not a story of my country and your country. It is just feelings of some individual/s when he/she/they was/were working in Maldives. I have returned back from there recently. Worked as a Medical Officer. I too feel that the overall behavior of Maldivian nationals is going down very fast and their intolerance towards not only non-islamic but anyone else than Maldivian muslim is actually pathetic. They don't want to recognize other things than they themselves know (?).

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  20. the maldivans dont require doctors they are way behind people of other countries they are conservative people they belive in spirits of sea and its treatment

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  21. when we speak of doctors and patients,,, yes.. patients will alwas go on about this and that and also 'if not's'.... the citizens upto date dont know if a doctor has the lisence to operate. the govt needs to take responsibility...

    most of the island folks are barbaric in nature when it comes to dislikes.. mostly due to lack of proper education. how many patients have died at the hands of doctors due to inexperienced medications and treatments? with 1 death, it hurts more than 1000 pple as words spread. last week IGMH announced death of a child who was alive when taken to burial.. the doctor was an indian.. the report writer was an indian.. now how did they decide the child was dead on birth? what tests did they make? the family could not even see a document or a doctor since the incident.. so many of these things happened all around the country and pple cannot be happy... cannot be sure of the medicines... some years back, a brother of mine was given a wrong injection at IGMH and died.. we could not locate the person who gave the injection or the doctor who prescribed it.. but the hospital agrees it was a higher doze and it ws the reason for untimely death.. maybe the way these incidents are handled needs to be changed. but so much keep happening that when an uneducated person hears about them, they turn negative instantly.

    so its not 1 side...its both side... starting from the attitude toward patients to treatments and vice versa.. consider revising,

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  22. SIMPLE AS THAT ASK YOU MOM AND DAD TO PRODUCE DOCTORS.. OR ASK YOUR GOVERNMENT TO OPEN A MEDICAL COLLAGE IN THIS COUNTRY.. U PPL SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO ALL THE DOCTORS WHO ARE COMING TO THIS COUNTRY AND HELPING YOU PPL TO SURVIVE OR ELSE U PPL WILL DIE OF COMMON COLD. ACTUALL U PPL SHOULD START TRAVELLING AND SEE THE WORLD COZ LIVING IN A POPULATION OF 8 TO 10 THOUSAND DOES NOT MAKE U CIVILIZED HUMAN BEINGS BUT RATHER KILLS THE HUMAN INSIDE U AND MAKES U A BEAST.. (CAST AWAY) THE TOTAL POPULATION THIS COUNTRY HAS IS THE 1/3 OF THE STAFF THAT CLEANS THE NAPPIES OF THE PATIENTS IN OUR HOSPITALS. AND U PPL THINK PASSING OUT CLASS 9TH , O LEVEL OR A LEVEL MAKES U QUALIFIED SEARCH FOR A JOB IN INDIA U PPL WILL BE HIT ON THE BUMP AND ASKED TO SELL PEA NUTS ON THE ROAD SIDES... GROW UP.

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  23. yeah..its very difficult to work n maldives.For the last 3 years i have been working here.As i am a member of health team, i know the situation well.Patients relatives and patients consider us as their slaves.we are afraid to walk on the road after 6pm.No security at all.Even we are not safe at the hospital too.Its a place for the drug addicts to show their arrogance.We cant send our full salary to india as there is some restrictions due to the so called dollar d efficiency.Anyways finally i decided to resign and going to escape from here soon..

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  24. good morning,
    there are millions of issues foreigners facing in Maldives & it comes more worst when you consider the foreign professionals like doctors ,nurses and paramedic staff.
    every corner of the agreement has breech,the one sided agreement which makes the foreigners to work under strict SLAVERY as the passport is hold by the authorities illegally but says with consent of the employee,where the agreement says different and all were forced to sign as they already arrived maldives after spending lots of money to the agents,nurses 2,50,000 indian rupees, where as doctors it is 1,20,000 rupees, finally High commission announced notice not to with hold the passport,but still repeats the same thing,here everything con't explain, many issues are with proofs and if required to publish in our news paper please get back to me in my mail id...
    [email protected]

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  25. Having worked in this country for 1 year, all i can say is there has been a blend of good as well as bad experiences in this country.
    As the author has correctly pointed out, the first message you get on entering this nation is 'YOU ARE A NOBODY'.
    Most maldivians, even though can't comprehend basic english sentences will use local languages and gestures to belittle you and show superiority.
    An uneducated, ignorant chap will guide you as an administrator in the hospital, a translator will teach you medicine and a cleaner will tell you where you are going wrong as if they were born physicians!.
    understandably, these guys have not given much importance to education in their country and therefore there is lack of etiquette, manners and lack of morals.
    its sometimes scary to see little children behaving like grown adults and behave very rude and impolite.
    i guess education or the lack of it is the primary cause.
    these people don't understand the of hard work it entails in becoming a doctor and only do the job of judging...
    a sincere request , especially to our indian government to first provide assistance to its own countrymen who sacrifice their family lives to live in these backward nations who do not have an inkling about hard work and education and what it can do to change a lazy nation into a productive one.
    well, i have had good friends that i have made in this country, but mind you , these guys were the educated lot that knew how to respect an individual.
    respect is give and take....and maldives has a lot to learn when it comes to this!

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  26. I Indian Dr. but i love, maldive people.Let there be harmony & trust between two nation.

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  27. money hungry beggar doctors working abroad should be ready for all these insults...they are insulted everywhere and they deserve it..Stay in ur country and serve your people

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  28. Hi,
    I worked in IGMH for 4 yrs as a specialist, 3yrs back. It was a peaceful job which can be equitable to clinical death. The social life is non-existant as its not worth befriending a Maldivian (they universally suffer from a lot of inferiority complex, frequently misconstrued as being rude and mannerless by any foreigner !!)
    The silver lining is you make enough money and pass international competitive exams that you are in a position to take the big-leap.

    The message is , as an expat doctor, don't just lie down and enjoy/complain, use the opportunity to achieve something big and get out of there when you are done. No Regrets.

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  29. CONGRAJULATE THE REALL STORY WHICH HAD BEEN PUBLISHED LIKE THIS.i have been ther under moh last 9 years.its good country for just mxmum 15dys to stay as a tourist.not to make a longer wishes from there.i left from there.the real thankless people i have never ever seen.no human kind and considereations.we are just for them act as a aslave.nowere muslim countrys are like this.its a tribes become developed.so the culture must be its own way.better to work and stay some other good countries.they are thinking we were borrowing their money.no social support s atanding with us.whether we are eating or sleeping.we are staying away from home.they will never consider.greedy and jelous peoples all over there.criminals are supported by police and communities.no action against them.but some are good and understanding real humans problem.but they have no voice.better to work our own country .people vl respect and behave our indian culture as says.ok pack to go like as a tourist.just see and coke back.dnt make dreams for staying longerdays.if god vill b decides to a patient last breath drs can do their maximum.some fraud doctors how they comes to serve an another country.keep some standardisation and thier degrees must b valuable.but ministry is not tkes any action for recruting the proffessionals.every were money.indian agency vl take 3 lakhs.maldivian agency vl get 1 lakhs.so its a buziness move.keep an eye from the top.ok

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  30. dear doctors there in maldives , please guide me how to come in maldive for job purpose , best regards to all , thanks

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  31. Hello all,
    Consider a situation where a caveman comes out and is given an i phone. Possession of an iphone wont make a tribal person an educated lot . Hahah.. 1. Tribals of 1st order.
    Consider 10 grade pass out mayb strictly run hospitals as the managing directors? I wonder where else it happens in te world ? 2. Illiterate tribals
    no sense of respect to there own families ie. There mothers or fathers 3. Tribals
    by default muslims 4. Act being muslims.
    SINCERE ADVISE TO MY FELLOW DOCTORS. LIVE WITH DIGNITY WHEREVER U R , ANY PERSON CARRYIN SELF RESPECT SHOULD NEVER COME TO MALDIVES .
    i am an ex orthopedic surgeon from l. Gan , and i m not afraid of assholes and the god forsaken shitty tribals .

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  32. This is my advise to all expatriate doctors never plan to come to Maldives if your are earning to meet both ends meet even n serve your own people in your own countries . Staying in Maldives is a difficult job as 10 grade pass managers don't understand your feelings n skills . They treat you like nonhumane without emotions . Indians should leave as salaries are now good there.

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  33. most worst places for doctors to work 10 class pass manager with rude behavior will be your in charge

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  34. I am medical officer and have one year experience after internship.I want to work in maldive.

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  35. How bad are the present working conditions in maldives as a whole?? need both side of the coin stories guyss?? coz m gttin a lot of negative vibe here???

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  36. Dear foreign drs,,,i m serving here in maldives as a specialist since 2 years. Here every doctor who is coming for medical officer or specialist group, will receive an offer order and after that a work permit. In offer order n work permit urs salary is written in us dollars. When doctor arrives here, he actually comes to know the ground realities of the country. I agree we all are having problems thats why we left our country n came here in foreign countries. I need to tell u that here u will find 100 reasons to leave the job and only one reason to live here bcoz of what u eft ur homeland. Salary we are getting here in is in local currency called maldiian rufias, which is not exchangeable in the world anywhere, and another thing we cannot send our salary to our homeland except 16000 maldivan rufias. Maldivian govt has fixed this amount. Suppose i m getting salary 46000 rufias i m able to send only 16000 rufias worth of 1000 usd. Rest of the money i cannot send by bank. So for the rest of rufias i have to beg to local and some times i get 100 dollars and sometimes 200 dollars with so much difficulties. Bank is issuing dollars to only local people but not to foreigners. Official rate of dollar is 15.42 whic is write in the contract, but u will never can exchange at this rate. And than u will find this dollar at 17 to 18 rufias in the black market. Again a big loss. Even it is very hard to find dollars in the market so we have to beg for this to exchange. Another thing that u signed a contract for one uear that means it shuld be valid for one year but after 2 or 3 month ministry will give u another contract to sign, and u will have to sign otherwise they will ask to leave. And when u decided to leave they will have so many things that u cannot leave like this. Other coments i read those are not so important about acomodation or what else. Anyway u will find accomodations an other things also. But atleast they shud provide salaries in the currency which shud be exchangeable. U will be given one contract on arrival but withen one year they have given me 3 contracts to sign and we dont have any option.. Besides this u will have to work more as writen in the contract to get the overtime. And without over time salaries are very less. So plz decide on the basis of these facts..

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  37. Dear all please rethink to choose maldives for job these people's are beggars begging for other countries and do not know how to behave with doctors and when you are in need no one will help you but doctors should fullfill all things and if single mistake it will be pinpointed here are so many problems which doctors are facing every day so please and please think before you choose maldives for job

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  38. i wish this news reach to muslim world these maldivain peoples are just pretending to be muslims but actually have no respect for muslims only they want aid from muslim countries

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  39. Dear all doctors my humble request to you all is try other country for job because you will regret alot after you will come to maldives for job because speaking truly these peoples are unaware about the world and unaware how to treat a doctor their behaviour towards doctor is just like they are facing any labour first of all they writing in offer letter full furnished accomidation and that is totally fake in most of islands they have no good house for doctors and it is too much hot here so one has to survive in hot without air conditioner and unlike other country if we rent a house house owner will never disturb and break privacy but here is not like that house owner can any time enter your house both in your presence and in absence and if anything needs to repair they will not do or have to request many days and let me tell you this is not my personal experience only the same is happening to each and every doctor in maldives and that's why most of doctors are leaving within few months of their arrival and if you are in need of anything local manager will not attend your phone local manager should be much cooperative because we are always depend on him we are new in their country and do not know language and most of managers are not well enough to help doctor to arrange things in new place and for them one medical officer should be able to work as physician surgeon gynecologist ophthalmologist dentist they want him alone work as all because in island he will be only doctor in island so they want him to work as all speciality and most important thing no matter how much efficient is doctor but these peoples will always talk rudely with doctor and in some islands doctors were beaten and disturbed in many ways at mid night knocking windows etc there are so many things to say how much bad place is for doctors to work in maldives well everyone is looking for money but one should choose good place to earn money although less because in maldives doctors are suffering each and every minute and life is zero here no food is available only have to depend on lentils eggs fish potato onion and some time we are getting carrot and cabbage and frozen chicken which is almost 1 year old even do not have barber to shave or cut hairs for that have to go other big island and when ask permission to go other island they will say doctor you cannot go because patients are here so have to spend time without haircut these are moments when one is thinking why we choose maldives for work but no body has told us these things and we simple search maldives on internet and found beautiful resorts and choose maldives for job but reality of island life is something different

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