The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HA - AD) cancelled the licenses of two clinics due to ‘major violations' of health and safety rules last month.
The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HA - AD) cancelled the licenses of two clinics due to ‘major violations' of health and safety rules last month. The authority, which declined to reveal the identity of the two clinics, said they were permanently closed down with immediate effect.
In a statement released to
Healthcare Middle East
, the authority described how an inspection team visiting the clinics found no doctors available to treat patients, ‘who were being treated by receptionists and accountants.'
Treatment rooms were described as, ‘very small in size' and ‘extremely dirty'. Patient records were in bad condition, pills were stored and labelled incorrectly, and vaccines were kept in fridges without any temperature monitoring.
The Health Authority's statement said: "Besides the obvious problems with the sterility of the facility and the extremely bad hygiene standards, exposed electrical wires, which were of great danger, could be seen everywhere.
"Such clinics with disastrous conditions affecting the health and well being of community members cannot be allowed to continue functioning with such violations.
"Residents and their families using health care facilities in Abu Dhabi can be assured that the Health Authority has established the highest quality of healthcare standards to ensure that facilities provide healthcare services in a clean and safe environment."
Healthcare Middle East understands that the inspection process is ongoing and that more clinics may face closure. HA - AD has a team of around 20 full time inspectors.