Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadhi, the Minister of Health, disclosed that the private medical sector comprises 20 hospitals, with an additional 82 Pharmacies, 163 dental clinics, and 89 clinics operating beyond regular working hours, reports Al-Rai Daily. Furthermore, he said that 522 full-time clinics are affiliated with the same sector.
Al-Awadhi reported that 549 violations were recorded against clinics and medical centres from January 1, 2023, to September 1, 2023, resulting in the closure of 12 private medical facilities during the same period.
Al-Awadhi clarified that the private medical sector employs 3,680 doctors, 1,592 dentists, and 13,524 support medical professionals.
Regarding the monitoring mechanism, he outlined the involvement of specialized technical, engineering, and administrative committees from the Ministry of Health, who conduct periodic inspections. Violations, he said, are addressed in response to complaints, requests from legal authorities, or joint committee initiatives in collaboration with government agencies.