Qatar well being chiefs are secretly attempting to poach tons of of NHS paramedics for the upcoming World Cup, providing £6,000 a month tax-free salaries
- The inducement is nearly triple the quantity the common UK paramedic earns
- Adverts for medical employees have additionally been positioned in South Africa and Canada
- They purpose to recruit as much as 500 match employees, which begins on November 20
Well being chiefs in Qatar are secretly attempting to poach tons of of NHS paramedics for the upcoming World Cup, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The authorities within the oil-rich nation have been providing tax-free salaries price round £6,000 a month, with the purpose of recruiting as much as 500 employees for the match, which begins on November 20.
The inducement, with free flights and lodging, is nearly triple the quantity the common UK paramedic earns after deductions for tax and Nationwide Insurance coverage. It comes when ambulance ready occasions are at virtually file highs.
In February, Fifa president Gianni Infantino advised a well being convention in Qatar that the nation was prepared for the ‘healthiest World Cup ever’.
The Mail on Sunday has uncovered a collection of job adverts for medical professionals for the match on the Lusail Stadium (pictured)
He stated: ‘The infrastructure in Qatar permits us a fantastic stage, one of many biggest . . . The venues are prepared, the infrastructure is prepared, and the nation is prepared. Well being care, security and medical provisions in Qatar are all the highest high quality and can assist us to ship this match with success.’
Nevertheless, The Mail on Sunday has uncovered a collection of job adverts for medical professionals primarily based within the UK, South Africa and Canada.
They’ve been positioned on-line by medical recruitment businesses who say they act on behalf of the Hamad Medical Company, Qatar’s largest supplier of well being care providers.
In June, one NHS employee posted a message on social media web site Reddit searching for recommendation from colleagues about whether or not to just accept ‘6K a month’ to assist out on the World Cup.
They wrote: ‘I’m a UK paramedic (working as a complicated scientific practitioner), I’ve been provided a job as an occasion practitioner on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar. Has anyone else obtained a suggestion?
‘I’m nonetheless not sure about pay charges and circumstances, could obtain this tonight. I perceive some have already accepted the place.’
Fifa president Gianni Infantino (pictured) advised a well being convention in Qatar that the nation was prepared for the ‘healthiest World Cup ever’
The daddy of one other paramedic, who turned it down, advised The Mail on Sunday: ‘She didn’t really feel it was proper for her, however a lot of her colleagues have given the provide severe consideration. Individuals are attempting to make use of up their vacation entitlements to make it work.’
Job adverts are additionally being positioned for nursing employees – at a time when the NHS is dealing with a shortfall of just about 40,000 nurses by subsequent yr.
A Royal Faculty of Nursing spokesman stated: ‘When the Authorities pays nursing so badly right here, it leaves the NHS vulnerable to this sort of scenario.’
The Mail on Sunday contacted the Hamad Medical Company for remark.