x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Patients visit Sharjah hospital only to find doors locked

The closure of Central Private Hospital came as a shock to patients, many of whom, turned up for appointments to find the doors locked.

SHARJAH // The 60-bed Central Private Hospital was shut in January after inspectors from the Ministry of Health reported a shortage of doctors, nurses and medical equipment.

The closure of one of the oldest private medical facilities in Sharjah came as a shock to patients, many of whom, including mothers to be, turned up for appointments to find the doors locked.

The hospital was reopened a week later after managers promised to hire more staff and to invest in new medical equipment.

Earlier this year the Royal Hospital was closed for 33 days.

Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing at the Ministry of Health, said inspectors had found unlicensed and unqualified staff, which is against the law, medical ethics and global medical standards.

Royal Hospital was partially reopened earlier this month. About 12 of its clinics are taking patients, while six remain closed. Sheikh Faisal bin Khalid Al Qasimi, chairman of the hospital, said it had lost Dh12 million due to the closure.

Dar El Oyoun Eye Hospital was shut about two weeks ago and its doors remain locked.The ministry has said the closure is temporary.

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