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New licences aim to root out rogue clinics

Dubai Health Authority announces major shake-up on healthcare, more power to be given to patients.

A new licensing system aimed at improving the quality of care for patients in Dubai is being introduced.

The move by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will ensure that medical professionals, hospitals and clinics adhere to the same minimum standard of treatment by creating a single licensing agency.

Currently, 10 separate bodies license various components of the medical system, each with its own set of rules, reported UAE daily The National on Thursday.

A comprehensive complaints procedure will also be put in place, giving patients more say and control over their health.

The new system is expected to be operational within 12 months and phased in over the next four years.

The initiative follows an earlier announcement by the DHA that it would expose health care providers to unprecedented public scrutiny under a plan to publish performance ratings for hospitals and clinics.

The performance tables, which are expected to rate hospitals in a number of categories, will be based on admission data, inspection reports, customer surveys and success rates.

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