Ministry says it can’t monitor private medical facilities

Ministry says it can’t monitor private medical facilities
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Ministry says it can’t monitor private medical facilities
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Updated 16 May 2013

Ministry says it can’t monitor private medical facilities

Ministry says it can’t monitor private medical facilities

The Health Ministry said it cannot monitor over 14,000 Kingdom-wide private medical institutions due to the lack of personnel and incentives.
The Private Health Sector Assistive Agency said the low monitoring services, including violations and setting suitable punishments, are due to insufficient trained workers, lack of support from various departments and the absence of work incentives for committees and individuals.
The number of licensed pharmacies and health establishments reached 14,650, while qualified medical and technical staff is only 98,800.
The number of fully licensed hospitals is 137 with a capacity of 14,090 beds, while those with an initial license are 101 hospitals, with a capacity of 8,044 beds. Medical clinics reached 900 with 1,500 general and specialized centers and around 700 pharmacies, and 2050 centers with supportive medical services, which include physiotherapy, opticians, nutrition centers and dental workshops.
The instruction’s manual for private medical establishment states that private health care providers should have inspections committees to make sure they implement a system, its executive charter and the resolutions issued by the Ministry and monitor the quality of the service.
The Inspection Committee in the Health Affairs Department makes sure the private health care providers implement the charter and monitor the quality of the services. Member of the inspection committee are authorized to visit health establishments in their vicinity, and keep track of records, and equipment and departments.
The executive charter for private health institutions states the building of the health care facility should comply with health standards and engineering requirements and appropriate distribution.
The facility should have all necessary medical and non-medical equipment. The facility should have an adequate medical rubbish disposal system, an infections diagnosis system and an accessible location with a car park.
The hospital’s size should be proportioned to the number of beds, outpatient clinics and other services. Facilities should give training in safety, fire procedures and coordination of the Civil Defense Department in the area.
There should be waiting areas for men and women, telephone lines, rest rooms, air conditioning, ramps for the disabled and clean and well-kept buildings.
The facility should have a large board displaying its name, specialization and working hours, as well as guidance notices to the facilities different departments.
The medical facility should apply the anti-infection system, and disposing of medical waste according to the standards of the Ministry of Health. The information system should be suited to the facility’s size, with an internal list that includes work procedure, job description, rights and duties of the employees, their holidays and the uniform for each category.