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MOH Fines a Number of Health Professionals
19 June 2014
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has approved the decision of the Private Health Institutions’ Violations Consideration Committee at Makkah Health Affairs General Directorate, fining a physician, working at a private polyclinic in Al-Qunfuda, SR 10.000; due to non-compliance with article (31) of the Health Profession Practice Law, as the physician did not register the medical history of a patient, and prescribed a recipe to him without even reviewing or verifying his medical file. This mistake in treatment and lack of follow-up, which resulted in some complications to the patient, is reckoned in violation of the health regulation.
 
The Ministry has also approved the decision of the above-mentioned committee at Jeddah Health Affairs General Directorate, fining a female laboratory specialist, working at a private polyclinic, SR 20.000; due to non-compliance with article (26) of the Health Profession Practice Law by virtue of Article (30) of the same Law, as she has been proven negligent in assuming her role of supervision.
 
Furthermore, the Ministry has approved the decision of the afore-mentioned committee at Makkah Health Affairs General Directorate, finning a pharmacist, working at a private pharmacy in Makkah, SR 5.000; due to working without obtaining the statutory license.
 
Within the same vein, the Ministry has approved the decision of the Private Health Institutions’ Violations Consideration Committee at Jeddah Health Affairs General Directorate, fining some health professionals at a private pharmacy there. The Manager of this pharmacy has been finned SR 10.000; due to non-presence at the pharmacy during the working hours and leaving the pharmacy without closure, where the worker was alone, the matter violating Article (23) of the Health Profession Practice Law. Besides, the worker has been finned SR 15.000; due to dispensing medicines without holding a scientific degree, the matter violating Article (2) of the aforementioned Law, which stipulates: “The health professions are not allowed to practice the profession  except after obtaining the statutory license from the Ministry of Health.”
 
The MOH has emphasized that it would take all the statutory procedures, including the cautionary closure, towards any health institution that does not comply with the required quality standards of health services; in an endeavor to oblige such institutions to improve their conditions and redress all irregularities observed there, pursuant to the statutory procedures.
 
 
 



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