DHA for tough action on unlicensed staff

DUBAI - Unlicensed health professionals and establishments employing such staff will be prosecuted under tighter regulations being implemented by the Dubai Health Authority. The health authority said it would conduct regular inspections to detect violations from January 1 next year.


Asma Ali Zain

Published: Thu 22 Dec 2011, 12:04 AM

Last updated: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 3:26 PM

Under a system overhaul, the health authority has issued a host of new operational guidelines for all health establishments and professionals working in Dubai.

Officials said on Monday that employing unlicensed staff in health establishments is among the new top violations recorded by the authority. They were addressing a gathering of representatives from all general and specialty clinics during an awareness campaign on new DHA standards and inspection policies. Similar awareness campaigns have also been held for pharmacies, hospitals and polyclinics.

Officials also said the new regulations will be implemented strictly. “This is a major challenge for the authority,” said Dr Muhammad Oussama Kayali, head of the Health Regulation Section at the Health Regulation Department at the authority. “There should be no unlicensed staff in Dubai,” he stressed.Establishments will also have to make design changes, employ professionally updated adequate staff so as to meet the regulator’s criteria.

He also said that following routine inspections, the authority found that health establishments had inadequate infection control measures. “One designated person has to be deployed for infection control,” Dr Kayali informed the participants. Reporting of communicable diseases will also be compulsory while a new system is being chalked out for transfer of patients between both private and public hospitals.

The authority has also taken strict note of lack of statistical data submission by medical establishments. New regulations will also require medical establishments to maintain health records for a specified time period.

Dr Hisham Khatib, Consultant, Public Health and Safety Department at the authority, said that a unified reporting system was being worked out for adverse reactions.


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