Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention’s Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector and Vice Chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee, stated that 45 new private healthcare facilities – including 42 multidisciplinary medical centers and three clinics – have been issued licenses since the beginning of 2017.
Dr Al Amiri said that the increasing number of healthcare facilities reflects the transparency and speed of the procedures followed by the Ministry, encouraging the private sector to invest as a strategic partner to achieve the ministry’s objectives. He added that the major pharmaceutical companies are also setting up their regional factories and representative offices in the country.
On the other hand, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, represented by its Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector, has closed a medical center and a surgery department in a one day surgery hospital for violating Federal Law No. (4) of 2015 regarding private health facilities and two pharmacies for violating Federal Law No. 4 of 1983 regarding pharmacy and pharmaceutical institutions during the first 4 months of 2017.The duration of the closure varies from one to six months,depending on the violation and its direct effects on public health. The move was taken following inspections on 194 healthcare facilities and 313 pharmaceutical facilities during the period.
Dr. Al Amiri pointed out that the Ministry is keen to implement laws and legislations that guarantee the provision of the best diagnosis and treatment by qualified medical practitioners, in advanced medical facilities equipped with high quality medicines stored and distributed according to the highest standards. And this is in line with the directives of the wise leadership and the responsibility towards the society.
Dr. Al Amiri praised the private sector establishments which are keen to abide by the country’s health laws and regulations. He emphasized that the Ministry pays special attention to the concerns of the patients and their families who opt for treatment in private healthcare facilities in order to promote and protect the health of society at every level.
The inspections were conducted at 194 healthcare facilities and 313 pharmaceutical establishments, including private hospitals, healthcare centers, clinics,and specialized centers with private pharmacies in the Northern Emirates during the first 4 months of 2017.