Pvt clinics in hotels come under scrutiny

ABU DHABI — Private clinics located in hotels in the capital must adhere to strict licensing rules set by the Health Authority, Abu Dhabi (HAAD) for providing medical care to hotel guests, a senior health official said.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Mon 21 May 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:26 AM

"The licensing criteria aims to ensure suitability of these clinics or onsite healthcare facilities in hotels as medical care centre and make sure staff were qualified as medical cadres," said Engineer Zaid Siksek, director of Health Policy and Regulations at HAAD.

Siksek said the decision has been taken after it was noticed that some clinics opened branches inside the hotels under ADTA licence to evade inspections by HAAD officials.

Earlier, clinics and healthcare centres located in hotels were operating under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) without being sanctioned by any health authorities.

He said the order, which came into effect yesterday, is meant for all hotels in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

"We will immediately start implementing licensing conditions for all hotel organisations that house clinics or healthcare centres within their premises."

"These facilities will no more function without authorisation of HAAD," Siksek told Khaleej Times yesterday.

He stressed that HAAD will ensure that hotels obtain necessary authorisation to run these clinics as well as licences for their practising doctors, nurses and technicians.

He said an agreement has been reached between HAAD and ADTA to coordinate in inspection of these clinics prior to granting them authorisation.

"ADTA will direct all hotels in the emirate to commence authorisation procedures required by HAAD, and cooperate with health officials to conduct inspection visits on facilities," he said.

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