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Tue 1 May 2007 12:50 PM

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ADHA makes private promise

The Abu Dhabi Health Authority has issued a circular to private sector hospitals pledging not to recruit healthcare professionals while they are still on contract to private facilities.

The Abu Dhabi Health Authority has issued a circular to private sector hospitals pledging not to recruit healthcare professionals while they are still on contract to private facilities.

Under the ruling, physicians, nurses, technicians and pharmacists cannot be poached by the public sector while still being tied to a valid contract with a private sector hospital.

The move, described as a "shot in the arm for the private sector" by ADHA chairman, Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazroui, hopes to stall healthcare professionals looking for a sideways step into the public sector.

Public hospitals are an attractive proposition for many medical professionals, as government staff benefit from living allowances and other perks not offered in the private sector.

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