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Health: Conducting More than 700,000 Auditing Visits and Closing 194 Violating Health Institutions
03 January 2023

​Ministry of Health intensified its auditing visits to ensure compliance with health requirements and preventive measures to combat infection in health institutions, as the Ministry's compliance teams carried out 715,866 field auditing visits in 2022, as this comes as a continuation of its efforts to raise the level of compliance with health requirements and prevention of Corona virus. (Covid-19) and limit its spread. MOH confirmed that its daily awareness-raising visits aim to raise the level of commitment of health institutions in hospitals, complexes, pharmacies, and other health institutions to health requirements, and to ensure adherence to preventive measures for Corona virus, including the obligation of wearing the mask inside health institutions, and the approved health practice mechanisms to manage this pandemic. and provide necessary requirements for patient safety. The Ministry stated that the number of penalties imposed on health institutions amounted to (11892), of which (1096) were on hospitals, (4861) on medical complexes, (4632) on pharmacies, and (1303) on other health institutions.The Ministry also executed (194) closure decisions against health institutions until correction of violations, including (10) hospitals, (135) medical complexes, (9) pharmacies, and (40) other health institutions, while (2420) penalty decisions were executed against health practitioners, and the number of violations of precautionary measures reached (44,849), including (3,058) for individuals, and (41,791) for health institutions. It is noteworthy that Ministry of Health aims to enhance self-monitoring of health institutions, by enabling assessment of their level of compliance with health standards through the electronic self-assessment program, whereby the institution obtains a corrective period and does not suffer a penalty if it voluntarily discloses that it does not meet a specific health standard, with immediate suspension of the practice and activity that pose a threat to safety of patients, while the institution loses such opportunity for a corrective deadline, and penalties are imposed if it does not disclose such violations monitored by compliance teams during the conducted audit in the evaluation form by the institution. The Ministry called on health care providers and health practitioners to adhere to health requirements contained in the health systems, and the preventive measures and procedures followed in the Kingdom. In order to preserve health and safety of patients, and to avoid imposing statutory penalties that amount to a fine of SR. 300,000, closing the facility, revoking the license of the institution, the health practitioner, and banning him for a period of up to two years.​

Last Update : 04 January 2023 08:40 AM
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