Dubai cracks down on sick leave starting today

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will not allow predated sick leaves of three consecutive days or more. As Arabian Business reports, the new procedure is being implemented starting today at all public and private health facilities to achieve transparency.

The move means sick leave will be given on the day patients visit medical facilities and not on previous days, according to state news agency WAM.

The authority urged physicians and others personnel at public and private medical facilities to abide by the new decision and refrain from giving patients predated sick leave.

Marwan Al Mulla, director of the health planning department, DHA, said the new procedure is being implemented starting today at all public and private health facilities to achieve transparency.

He said the electronic system, “Sharian”, has been re-programmed and will no longer accept predated sick leave, adding the authority is working on developing system standards and guidelines for medical facilities and physicians across the emirate.

The health planning department is working on a smart integrated electronic system that is connected to all external bodies responsible for licensing medical facilities and physicians.

It is also working on developing the Dubai Health Registry Project and developing licencing standards for health professionals and facilities.

And how does design and architecture community in the region feel about taking the time off when being sick?

So far, more than 50% of design and architecture professionals surveyed in the designMENA’s survey on work/life balance responded they feel pressured to work when they are ill.

When asked to what extent do they agree with the statement “I feel pressure to work when I’m ill”, 16.35% responded “agree strongly” while 34.62% agreed somewhat.

Launched 14 days ago, the ongoing designMENA survey will look at overall working hours, working on weekends, whether employees have the chance to switch off during holidays, pressures of working long hours.

Click here to take part in the survey!

 

 

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