Annual evaluation for hospital consultants mandatory

ABU DHABI — It is now mandatory for consultants working for the Ministry of Health hospitals to undergo annual evaluation as a prerequisite to keep their jobs, said a health official.

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Published: Mon 25 Apr 2005, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

“We have made it compulsory for consultants working for our hospitals to undergo assessment procedures on an annual basis to secure them with a competence level,” Dr Abdul Ghafar Abdul Ghaffor, Assistant Under-Secretary for Curative Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health yesterday, told Khaleej Times.

Earlier, doctors’evaluation has been conducted in accordance with the civil service system, stating that doctors in Grade IV don’t need further evaluation.

“We won’t abide by that system any more. All our consultants will be regularly evaluated, regardless of their grades. Even consultants who are heads of departments will be subject to evaluation by the medical directors,” said Dr Ghaffor.

He said the ministry has discussed all the technical and procedural measures required for carrying out regular evaluation for the specialised medical staff.

“We have finalised with the advisory committee all the requirements for conducting the assessment of consultants on a systematic basis,” he said.

Concerning international accreditation of hospitals under the ministry, Dr Abdul Ghaffor said that on Monday, a delegation headed by the President of the International Hospital Federation will visit three hospitals — Al Baraha, Umm Al Quwain, and Obied Allah to review a report on the performance of these health institutions.

“The Higher Precision Committee, together with the visiting international delegation, will review the status of these health institutions to detect backlogs and adopt necessary requirements to obtain the accreditation for these hospitals,” he said.

He pointed out that the initial report prepared by the ministry on these hospitals showed that there was a shortage of specialised nursing cadres in critical fields like ICU, cardiac, and paediatric. “We have also decided that internal medicine departments should include several important units like blood pressure, kidney, diabetes, and heart units. Coordination between hospitals has been tabled where we instructed hospitals to refer patients to another hospital if the area of treatment he/she needs is not available at that hospital,” said Dr Ghaffor.

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