Saudi Arabia targets its illegal private clinics

September 3rd, 2012 - 10:50 am ICT by IANS  

Riyadh, Sep 3 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on illegal private medical practices.

Saudi Arabian authorities Sunday announced to have started the crackdown, with the latest closure being of a medical complex, existing with one physician only, Xinhua reported.

The closedown took place after an inspection by officials related to the Health Affairs in Jeddah city. It was found that the doctor was offering his services for a number of clinics in the complex with the assistance of unlicensed woman doctor and three nurses.

Director of health affairs, Sami bin Mohammed Badawood, said in a statement Sunday that the complex would be closed temporary.

He warned of zero tolerance towards violators who put citizens’ health at risk and urged all to stick to medical regulations to avoid punishments.

The Health Ministry has vowed to continue nationwide inspection campaigns to take action against any violator and protect the medical rights of patients.

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