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Abu Dhabi seeks private investors in healthcare

Health authority chief says private firms will help to improve efficiency of services.

Private companies are being sought by the government to invest in the Abu Dhabi's health system, it has been revealed.A total of 50 firms have filed applications to invest in the emirate’s healthcare system but only four of those are expected to progress, UAE daily The National reported on Tuesday.

“Privatisation allows us to depend less on publicly run institutions, which in the past have not been as efficient as possible,” said Zaid al Siksek, chief executive of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), told the paper.

The authority has not specifically said which services it hopes to privatise but it has indicated that contracts would be awarded to companies able to provide facilities ranging from full-service hospitals to home-based care.

It has also said it is actively seeking investment in psychiatric services.

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