Abu Dhabi Authority shuts down 8 health facilities and investigates doctors

Asma - | UAE

The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi has taken stringent measures against health facilities found to be in violation of healthcare regulations, emphasizing its commitment to public health and safety.

After observing numerous violations, the department announced the closure of eight health facilities and imposed a one-million-dirham fine on one center. In response to suspected fraud, some doctors from the penalized center were suspended and referred for investigation.

Among the violations identified, three facilities, including an occupational medicine center, laboratory, and medical center, were found to be in breach of Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 concerning the prevention of infectious diseases. These violations encompassed failure to report infectious disease cases, non-compliance with electronic reporting regulations, and deviation from the Department of Health's (Abu Dhabi's) standards for reporting public health statistics. Additionally, these facilities neglected safety protocols, failed to provide emergency medicines or supplies, and did not adhere to infection prevention measures.

Furthermore, the closure extended to four home health care facilities that failed to meet the department's standards for home care services. Violations included the absence of patient consent for treatment, insufficient explanation of treatment procedures and associated risks, unauthorized use of the facility, and non-compliance with the department's approval processes for secondment contracts.

A dental clinic faced closure for various infractions, such as operating without licensed health professionals, non-compliance with sterilization requirements, lack of documentation for medical history or procedures in patient files, and engaging in activities beyond its licensed field.

The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi emphasized the importance of adherence to its regulations by all health facilities operating in the emirate. This is aimed at preserving the efficiency of the healthcare system, ensuring the health and safety of the community, and maintaining the provision of healthcare services aligned with international best practices. The department reiterated its commitment to monitoring and correcting violations to enhance the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare services in Abu Dhabi.

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