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Thu 25 Sep 2008 07:33 AM

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Top hospital needs revamp to meet new standards

Bahrain health chief admits Salmaniya Medical Complex is 'wholly inadequate'.

Bahrain's premier government-run hospital could be forced to undergo major changes to meet new standards due to be introduced soon.

Health Ministry Licensure Directorate head Dr Tawfeeq Naseeb has admitted that Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) in Manama was "wholly inadequate" when compared to the best health facilities in the world.

Talking about the impending new rules, he said: "Bahrain's only premier government hospital could face a major revamp when that happens."

He told Gulf Daily News on Thursday: "From a lack of self-opening doors, to the kind of furnishings and floorings used in several hospital areas, everything would have to be possibly revamped."

Dr Naseeb said the new health standards would be implemented at the SMC as a pilot programme and then in all of Bahrain's hospitals - both public and private.

He said the standards were being readied after studying thoroughly those in place in the US, the UK, Australia and Singapore, among others.

Also on the cards is a new independent regulatory authority, which would look at all patient complaints from all of Bahrain's hospitals and recommend appropriate action.

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