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DHA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for Government Employees and External Clients

The General Medical Committee of the Dubai Health Authority has published the second version of its guidelines for all government employees and external clients in Dubai.

This comes after making the necessary updates and approval from state-level medical committees to serve as a reference for decision-making in accordance with relevant legislation.

The updated guidelines consist of 194 pages spread across nine chapters, covering rules and decision-making rationales to ensure governance and equality among Dubai Government employees. This covers medical audits, sick leave requests, the determination of disability rates resulting from work-related injuries and occupational illnesses, and recommendations to reduce employees’ work hours for health reasons.

Dr. Khaldoun Nabhan, Vice Chairman of the General Medical Committee of the Emirate of Dubai, highlighted the importance of this guide, the updates of which keep up with the rapid developments witnessed by the medical sector in the emirate. This demonstrates the efforts made by the DHA improve patient care and provide accurate and practical medical guidance to healthcare professionals and patients in the emirate by integrating the latest modern scientific studies and research.

He noted the influential role of the guideline in supporting the work of the Medical Committee. Since its reconstitution in 2015, the committee has been able to decide on all applications submitted to it through the smart system within one business day. He also highlighted the number of applications received by the committee last year, which amounted to 42,000.

The first chapter of the updated guide includes an explanation of the tasks of the medical committee as stipulated in the Dubai Government Human Resource Management Law and related legislation. It also covers additional tasks and competencies and explains the procedure flow mechanism and decision-making methodology followed by the committee.

The second chapter focuses on the “medical guidance” for hospital stays and the duration of sick leave granted in more than 1,000 medical cases in 26 medical specialties. This information is intended to inform Dubai Government employees about the duration of sick leave allocated to uncomplicated cases.

The third chapter of the guide addresses the medical audit process for claims for work-related injuries and occupational diseases under the provisions of Executive Council Resolution No. (62) of 2016 on the care of Dubai Government employees against occupational injuries and occupational diseases, and the Resolution of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Health Authority No. (143) of 2016, which adopts a table to determine occupational diseases and permanent disability rates.

The fourth chapter reviews medical cases that require sending patients for treatment outside the country due to their unavailability within the country. It also describes the requirement to approve the companion license and provides examples of 35 such health cases.

The fifth chapter explains chronic medical cases and cases of weak immune diseases that require the granting of the “work remotely for health reasons” characteristic.

Chapters six and seven refer to medical cases requiring a “Sanad for Persons of Determination” card as provided in Cabinet Resolution no. (3) of 2018 on the unified national classification of disabilities (Persons of Determination) in the country. This is in coordination with the Community Development Authority in Dubai, where the number of applications in this field has reached 9,800.

Chapter Eight refers to medical conditions that require the issuance of a “vehicle window tinting” permit in coordination with the Highway and Transportation Authority.

Meanwhile, Chapter Nine contains the names of the doctors and consultants who updated the guidelines for the work of the Medical Committee, totaling 44 consultants and specialists of the Dubai Health Authority and the healthcare sector in the UAE.

Dr. Nabhan He highlighted that the Office of the General Medical Committee conducted more than 30 workshops in various local departments of Dubai and other government and semi-government departments in Dubai.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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