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Ministry of Health Issues more than 4,000 Penalties and Closes 147 Health Institutions for Precautionary Violations.
19 July 2023

MOH stated that the number of penalties against health institutions amounted to (4,285), of which (375) were imposed on hospitals, (2,160) on medical complexes, (1,486) on pharmacies, and (264) on other health facilities. The Ministry stated that (147) closure decisions were implemented against health institutions until violations are corrected, and they included (7) hospitals, (106) medical complexes, (3) pharmacies, and (31) other health facilities, while (934) penalty decisions were implemented against healthcare practitioners, and the number of precautionary measures violations amounted to (6661) violations of health institutions. And the Ministry indicated that audit visits have been intensified to ensure implementation of health requirements and preventive measures for infection control in health facilities, where (14,853) field audit visits were carried out; And that during the first half of the year 2023; as a continuation of MOH's efforts to raise the level of compliance with health requirements. The Ministry confirmed that these daily awareness audit visits aim to raise the level of commitment of health institutions in hospitals, complexes, pharmacies, and other healthcare facilities to health requirements, and to ensure their compliance to preventive measures for Corona virus, including the obligation to wear a mask inside health facilities, and the approved health practice mechanisms to manage the pandemic, and providing the necessary requirements for patient safety. It is noteworthy that Ministry of Health aims to enhance the Self-censorship of health institutions, by enabling them to assess the level of their compliance to health standards through the Self-censorship mechanism, where the health facility obtains a corrective period, and penalty will not be imposed if it voluntarily discloses that it does not meet a certain health standard, with the immediate cessation of practice and activity that poses a threat to the safety of patients. However, the health facility loses the opportunity for a corrective period, and penalties will be imposed thereon if it does not disclose such violations discovered by the compliance teams during the auditing process according to the evaluation form prepared by the health facility.The Ministry called on health care providers and health practitioners to adhere to health requirements contained in the health rules, preventive measures and procedures followed in the Kingdom, to preserve patients' health and safety, and to avoid imposing statutory penalties that amount to a fine of SR. 300,000, closing the facility, withdrawing the license of the facility and the health practitioner, and banning him for a period of up to two years.The Ministry of Health had launched a service to enhance and measure compliance to health standards in health facilities remotely, as compliance is measured through direct visual communication between specialists in the Ministry of Health and health facilities, with participation of specialized experts in all health fields, and a limited number of audit compliance members existing at the headquarters of the target health facility; Which speeds up the rating process, raises its quality, and significantly reduces the amount of effort and financial cost compared to field visits that were used previously.


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