Shape up or ship out, MoH warns private hospitals

Updated 17 October 2015
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Shape up or ship out, MoH warns private hospitals

JEDDAH: The Health Ministry has issued a stern warning to private hospitals not providing quality services for patients.
If they don’t improve performance, their names would be made public immediately, according to Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
Al-Falih said that self-regulation has not resulted in the transparency required from the private sector. There have to be the same quality standards applied at government and private facilities, he was quoted as saying by a local publication.
He said that the ministry would no longer give private facilities a grace period to sort out their problems. Erring facilities would be closed down immediately to protect patients, he said.
He said the Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) — now that Cabinet has approved its organizational link with the ministry — would seek to ensure every hospital has the appropriate quality accreditation.
Al-Falih expressed these views on the sidelines of the Fifth National Conference for Quality Assurance in the health sector held in Riyadh this week. He revealed that the ministry would hold competitions on excellence in the health field.
He said that measures have been taken to transfer some health tasks from the Education Ministry to the Health Ministry. The minutes of the meetings were signed and approved with only some procedures and budgets left to be processed. The tasks would be transferred at the start of the next school year.
Some of these functions would include helping obese students who are in danger of developing diabetes and other illnesses.
“We hope the youth benefiting from these programs will transfer this knowledge to their homes and help other family members make healthy lifestyle changes,” said Al-Falih.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.