Qatar shuts down clinic for employing unlicenced staff

August 24, 2010

A dermatology clinic in Doha, opened less than one month ago has been shut after health authorities discovered that it employed unlicenced medical staff.

Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said that the clinic, run by a high-profile dermatologist, was shut down for serious violations of health regulations and that it could face permanent closure.

The woman dermatologist involved in the offence, a GCC national, could be blacklisted in Qatar, a senior official of the Medical Licensing Department at SCH said.

 “We ordered the immediate closure of the facility having found that four unlicenced medical staff were performing various kinds of treatment, when the doctor was away in her own country,” said the official, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

“She is a well-known dermatologist and she had a licence to operate in Qatar. But she cared little about Qatari rules and we had warned her several times on this issue,” said the official.

The physician had been shuttling between Qatar and her own country while the clinic remained open all the time, a situation that caught the attention of the authorities.

 “We had a strong suspicion about the activities in the clinic which was confirmed during inspections. Our inspectors found four medical staff working there and none of them had a licence. They were giving laser treatment and medical examinations while the physician was absent,” said the official.

The dermatologist is currently not in Qatar, but the Medical Licensing Department is planning strong action against her.

“This is a very serious offence and we want to convey a message to all health practitioners who do no take the Qatari law seriously. The case will be referred to the Permanent Licensing Committee at SCH for further action,” said the official.

He said the physician would be banned from practising in Qatar and could be blacklisted.

The Medical Licensing Department has discovered several violations after it intensified the monitoring of all private healthcare facilities and practitioners in the country.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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