Dubai Health Authority issues ban to halt surgery filming

Circular issued amid increasing phenomenon of unauthorised medical people entering operation rooms to record surgery
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By Sam Bridge
Tue 08 May 2018 03:38 PM

Dubai Health Authority has issued a circular banning all medical facilities in the emirate from filming patients during surgery.

Dr Marwan Al Mulla, director of Health Regulation at DHA said the circular comes after the increasing phenomenon of unauthorised medical people entering operation rooms to record the surgery for the purpose of airing it live in social media channels such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to advertise their facilities and doctors.

Al Mulla added that recording the patient violates their privacy and is not allowed even if the patient agrees to it.

He said that these violating actions can affect the doctor and medical crew’s concentration while conducting the surgery and it also constitutes a clear violation of infection control laws.

The authority said in a statement that it is keen to achieve the highest standards of quality and safety in the services provided.

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