Dubai sets up new authority to regulate healthcare sector

Dubai Healthcare City Authority tasked with developing emirate as global medical and healthcare hub
Dubai sets up new authority to regulate healthcare sector
The City Hospital in Dubai.
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 07 May 2011 10:29 AM

The ruler of Dubai has issued a decree to establish a public authority to oversee activities at Dubai Healthcare City.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the UAE's Prime Minister, has created a body called the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA).

It will be tasked with developing "top-tier medical colleges and universities, nursing schools and a wide range of research, diagnostic, rehabilitation, nutrition and physiotherapy centres".

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed, has been appointed as president of the new authority, state news agency WAM reported.

The law specifies Dubai Healthcare City's objectives, which include promoting Dubai as a global medical and healthcare hub.

Further provisions include the challenge of attracting top quality healthcare specialists and professionals to the emirate, as well as drug manufacturers, research laboratories and pharmacies.

The law also grants responsibility to the authority to inspect facilities licensed to operate in its jurisdiction to ensure high standards of treatment.

Under the new legislation the DHCA will also assume responsibility for imposing and collecting fees for medical treatments.

According to the law, the authority's board of directors will comprise of its president, vice-president and a minimum of seven members who will be appointed by the president.

Membership of the board will be for three years subject to renewal. The authority's executive body will consist of an executive director appointed by the president and a number of administrative staff and finance professionals.

The law also states that the Government of Dubai will not be responsible for any debts or obligations of third parties associated with the authority.

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