UAE shuts 2 clinics, 1 hospital for malpractice

Strict procedures in place as warnings issued and licences cancelled for gross negligence

In a crackdown on medical malpractice across the UAE, the Ministry of Health (MoH) shut down one general hospital and two clinics, cancelling its licence for negligence and wrongful diagnosis, according to a statement issued by the Ministry.

Under the chairmanship of Dr Salem Al Darmaki, Acting Undersecretary in the attendance of Dr Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing, the medical licensing committee also discussed examples of misleading medical practices.

The authority closed one of the medical centres for 60 days for falsely advertising the services of a ‘physical therapy medical practitioner’ without actually hiring one.

One of the private hospitals was also closed on a temporary basis until the medical liability committee studies the violations made by the hospital according to article (18) of federal law regarding private medical establishments and competent authorities.

Dr Al Amiri stated that the Ministry took this decision to maintain the welfare of the hospitals and visitors. Some cases were transferred to Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah under the supervision of Sharjah medical district.

“We allowed the hospital’s administration to revise and correct its internal procedures in preparation of the visit of the health inspection team and check the hospital’s abidance to the international health standards and raise a report to the medical licensing committee to issue a decision to reopen the hospital again,” he stated.

The committee also cancelled the licence and closed one of the clinics for failing to abide by the laws and regulations issued by the MoH.

As matter of discussion, several medical malpractice cases were heard in front of the board members, with the committee informing a practitioner at a private medical centre to fix a botched dental procedure when the patient was diagnosed incorrectly.

One doctor also received a formal warning for failing to obtain a written approval from a patient for a procedural treatment, while another dental specialist was also pulled up for exceeding the evaluation and licensing provided to him by the ministry and not taking a written consent from the patient.

The committee also decided to withdraw complaints against a number of doctors in various health centres and transferred few other complaints to the higher committee for medical liability to study the cases thoroughly.

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