Sheikh Mohammed approves strategy to improve health care

Initiatives aim to elevate the quality of health-care services, improve safety standards and attract, train and retain medical professionals.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved a strategy to improve health care in the emirate during a meeting of the executive council at the Crown Prince’s Court on Tuesday.

It includes 85 initiatives that Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha) have earmarked to develop Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector.

It aims to elevate the quality of healthcare services; improve safety standards and patients’ experiences; attract, train and retain medical professionals; integrate IT systems and build on electronic health data, among others, according to Wam, the state news agency.

The executive council also approved a strategy for emergency preparedness.

A Dh120 million budget has been earmarked to implement the strategy.

Abu Dhabi government’s health spending last year was more than Dh18 billion, excluding capital spending.

At the meeting, the council also reviewed the developments in public work and any ongoing and future projects.

Sheikh Mohammed urged the government departments to keep up their work, to further consolidate the regionally and globally outstanding stature of the UAE, enhance corporate and individual performance and take interest in achieving excellence as a major element in government work.

Sheikh Mohammed also emphasised the importance of maintaining development that will keep the emirate on track to achieving its ambitious 2030 vision.

The executive council also approved Dh2.4bn in housing loans for 1,200 Emiratis in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain city and Al Gharbia (Western Region), and will cover the building or completion of new housing units.

The loan amount for each case in Abu Dhabi is Dh2m and it is to be paid back in interest-free monthly instalments.

In addition, beneficiaries will be exempted from paying back 25 per cent of the loan amount upon completing construction, and will also be eligible for one-time exemption from a determined amount if the loan is paid off early.

Sheikh Mohammed also viewed the half-year accountancy report for the Abu Dhabi government departments that included the results of financial auditing, as well as reviewing performance and risks.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: December 17, 2014 04:00 AM

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