The number of fines issued to medical facilities in Dubai by the emirate’s health authority last year dropped by almost half from the year before.
On Monday, Dubai Health Authority said it issued 261 fines to medical facilities last year, down 47 per cent from the 496 fines handed out in 2016.
Almost 350 complaints were made to DHA against private facilities last year too, though a comparative figure for 2016 was not disclosed.
Dr Marwan Al Mulla, director of the Health Regulations Department at the DHA, said the decrease in fines could be attributed to the modernisation of the authority’s monitoring systems and the improvement of healthcare facilities in Dubai.
He said fines were most commonly issued to medical centres for not complying with DHA regulations. Mr Al Mulla said DHA took legal action against the offending facilities, some had their licence terminated and closed and others were simply warned.
He said 346 new health facilities opened in the emirate last year bringing the total number to 3,115.
The number of professional licenses increased by 14,314 last year totaling the number of licenses of professionals working in the health field in Dubai to 37, 325.