UAE: Psychiatrist loses license

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has revoked the license of a psychiatrist.

This came after Sharjah Police arrested the person for inciting young people to take controlled medicines and psychotropic drugs, when they did not have the relevant medical conditions that needed the prescriptions. 

His name has also been removed from medical registers due to breaking the ethics and laws of the medical profession.

The Department of Narcotics Control at Sharjah Police shared information reporting that several young people aged 20 to 30 years were frequently visiting a psychiatric clinic in Sharjah. 

A team from MoHAP and Sharjah Police was formed to investigate. 

A member from MoHAP was sent to the clinic, who then asked the doctor to prescribe psychotropic drugs. The doctor proceeded to do so without clinically diagnosing the patient to check if they needed the drugs or not.

The Ministry is reminding the public to report any medical malpractices by calling the 800 11 111, or contacting other government health authorities or police stations.

MoHAP has been keen to develop the laws and legislations that regulate the practice of medical professions. The ministry has also established specific mechanisms for control and inspection on the private health facilities to make sure they abide by the common medical ethics and rules at the local and international levels, as well as their compliance with the state-related health laws and regulations.

The Ministry underlined that those who breach such rules and regulations will be subject to the most severe penalties.

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