New rules for private hospitals in Dubai

DUBAI — Private hospitals in Dubai cannot operate from commercial buildings as per the new rules laid down by the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms), a top official has said.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 5 Apr 2007, 8:50 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:36 AM

Announcing the new rules for private hospitals and clinics in Dubai, Dohm’s Licensure Surveyor Dr Osama Kayali yesterday said out of 18 private hospitals in Dubai, six are still based in commercial buildings.

He added that a five-year deadline had been given to these hospitals to build their own premises.

“The new rules set by the Dohms will come into effect on April 8,” he said.

“We had informed all private hospitals about the new rules which they should follow.”

Since 1996, a federal law, he said, had been restricting expatriates to own or to be a partner in a private hospital. However, when the new rules come into effect, expatriates can be partners in private hospital ownership.

According to the new rules, he said, all private hospitals in the city should obtain accreditation from international bodies.

“This is an effort from our part to ensure international standards in health care. All the hospitals have been informed about it,” he said.

“Our aim is to set a unified procedure system for all private hospitals in order to enhance the quality of medical care. Even though Dohms has certain procedures which all private hospitals should follow, they were not enforced in a unified shape,” he added.

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