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Abu Dhabi trio blacklisted by HA-AD

A trio of dentists has been blacklisted from working in the UAE after reportedly breaking government regulations.

A trio of dentists has been blacklisted from working in the UAE after reportedly breaking government regulations.

The dentists are among 73 healthcare professionals blacklisted and banned from working in the UAE as part of sweeping reforms by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HA-AD).

It was initially reported that the two general dentists and maxillo-facial surgeon had failed to pass re-licensing exams that were held four days prior to the issuing of the circular from HA-AD.

However, after MED obtained a copy of the edict, Dr Wael Saleh, a spokesperson from the department of health regulations at HA-AD, revealed that the dentists had broken the authority's rules of practice.

"A healthcare professional would not be put on the blacklist for failing to pass an exam," he explained.

He added that the banned status is not necessarily permanent and there is a right of appeal, but that depends on the severity of the offences.

"The final decision", he said, "is that of the chairman."

Saleh refused to disclose any further details of the offences.

One Abu Dhabi-based dentist who asked to not to be named, said that while no new legislation has been put in place by the authority, it has been clamping down on general practitioners who perform certain procedures without the necessary clearance.

"For instance, if general dentists are caught performing implantology without the approval, the authority will make life very hard for them," he said.

"[HA-AD] is getting stricter on the amount of experience and qualifications dentists have as well."

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