Oman private health providers charged with violations

Included the hiring of unauthorised staff, selling expired medicines and using outdated medical devices
Oman private health providers charged with violations
By Beatrice Thomas
Sun 08 Sep 2013 11:27 AM

A number of private health providers in Oman have been charged with administrative and medical violations following an investigation by the Ministry of Health, it was reported.

Checks by the ministry’s inspection committee detected anomalies in the “functioning of some private health institutions”, according to the Times of Oman.

According to reports, some of the violations include non-renewal of licences, hiring of unauthorised staff, selling expired medicines, using outdated medical devices and shortage of qualified nurses.

The Times said the checks were carried out by teams operating in the governorates, including the central team based in Muscat.

The details of the violations were discussed during the annual administration and technical committee conference held in the capital, a report carried by Al Shabiba, the sister publication of Times of Oman said.

The Times said the ministry summoned the owners of the offending private health institutions for an explanation.

It said the committee took action against some health institutions by imposing hefty fines, ordering temporary closures, and issuing warning letters.

However, it did not detail the fine amounts or length of the closures.

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