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President issues decree about FHA

By Wam

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has decreed a law abolishing the law issued in 2009 to establish the Federal Health Authority (FHA) in 2009.

The new law was issued in response to recommendations by the board of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to focus administrative and financial resources on developing services provided by the country's hospitals, elevating the qualifications of medical and technical staff and providing medicines instead of spending on new organizational structures.

The move is part of efforts by the federal government to improve the health services sector, keep up with the comprehensive development of the UAE and provide the best comprehensive health care to nationals and expatriates.

The federal government increased the Ministry of Health's budget for 2012 to more than Dh3 billion compared with Dh2.3 billion in 2011.

The ministry now oversees 15 governmental hospitals and 64 health care centers where more than 400 Emirati doctors and 1,000 nurses and technicians alongside counterparts of other nationalities.

In 2010, the Ministry provided medical care for more than four million patients at its hospitals of a capacity of more than 2100 beds.