Dubai doctors struggle to update licenses

Busy doctors describe re-licensing deadline as unworkable.

A call for all Dubai’s doctors to report to a hotel over a two week period in January to apply for re-licensing, has been deemed unworkable by physicians and healthcare managers.

The move is part of a wholesale reform of licensing and regulation procedures being carried out by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) - the first phase of which is to reassess every doctor’s eligibility to practice in the emirate.

All 6,000 physicians working in Dubai at present has been told they must present in person at the Al Murooj Rotana hotel between January 16-30, to obtain a user name and password so they can apply for a new licence online.

However, healthcare managers and doctors are warning that the limited time frame, having to present in person and lack of detail on the re-licensing scheme will create problems.

“We do not have the information that’s the problem,” said Dr Ottmar Schmidt director of marketing and PR at Welcare World, which employs more than 100 doctors.

“The current situation is that everyone has to reregister and go and ask for an application paper in person, and that’s going to be very awkward,” he added.

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