Health Ministry moves to stop doctors’ malpractices

Updated 18 August 2013
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Health Ministry moves to stop doctors’ malpractices

The Ministry of Health has submitted a proposal to amend article 7 of the Private Health Facilities System so it can approve charges of medical services.
The move aims to curb some doctors’ malpractices that exploit patients financially, including prescribing unnecessary tests and X-rays.
Authorities are currently studying the proposal, said Ali Al-Zawawi, the ministry’s undersecretary for private health care sector affairs.
The ministry has carried out a number of inspections of private health care facilities to make sure they are working in compliance with rules and regulations. The inspection committees from regional health affairs departments made unannounced visits and followed up on citizens’ complaints they received via the ministry’s online portal.
The ministry’s statistics for 2012 showed its efforts in detecting and tackling any shortcomings in the health services. The number of closures for private health facilities and pharmacological services reached 136. The number of private facilities’ violations that were followed by decisions reached 1,625. Actions taken against medical and technical staff numbered 1,030, while the Shariah Health Commission (the authority that issues verdicts in disputes between facilities and patients) issued 485 verdicts against medical and technical staff.
Al-Zawawi said the ministry took a strong step forward when it forced government and private health care establishments to have a certificate showing they are abiding by quality specifications stated by the ministry.
These specifications will be one of the requirements for renewing and issuing new licenses. This will raise the quality level of medical services.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.