All hospitals in Dubai have been given a deadline to acquire international accreditations in an effort to raise standards in the healthcare sector.
The Dubai Health Authority said it has given all hospitals operating in the emirate until the end of this year to get the accreditations.
Dr Ramadan Ibrahim, director of DHA Health Regulation said that 61 percent of hospitals already had accreditations, while 29 percent were in the process of obtaining it.
However 10 percent of hospitals had not begun the process of accreditation yet, he added, saying that these were at risk of penalties - without giving details of what action might be taken against them.
Dr Ibrahim said: "Obtaining international accreditations is an important part of our strategy to ensure we further strengthen the quality of health sector in the emirate and provide the community with high standards of healthcare services."
He added: "We will fully support all facilities that are facing any hurdles in obtaining these accreditations and we shall guide and support them.
He said the deadline had been imposed "to ensure we fasten the process. We will take action only for those hospitals that have not even begun the process of accreditation".
Ibrahim said the department was responsible for regulatory policies of more than 2,200 health facilities operating in Dubai, employing 18,000 nurses, technicians and doctors.
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