Physicians Obligations according to UAE Medical Liability Law The medical liability law in UAE described the medical authority’s directions for professional WhatsApp: +971555570005 Physicians Obligations according to UAE Medical Liability Law The medical liability law in UAE described the medical authority’s directions for professional
Physicians Obligations according to UAE Medical Liability Law
Physicians Obligations according to UAE Medical Liability Law No. (4) of 2016,
The medical liability law in UAE described the medical authority’s directions for professionals employed of the medicine-related professions to fulfill their obligations as required by the profession of accuracy and honesty according to the scientific and technical principles, in order to achieve the necessary care for the patient without exploiting his needs in order to achieve an illegal benefit for himself or the other and without discriminating in any way between the patients. In addition, the law has specified certain obligations on those who practice the medical profession in the United Arab Emirates as required from the medicine-related professions of greater responsibility and commitment, because the doctor is responsible for the lives and health of patients, and these obligations according to article 4 of the law are as follows:
1- Comply with the rules, regulations and procedures of practicing the profession, as per his grade and specialization.
2- Record the patient’s health condition and the medical and family history, prior to diagnosing or treating the case.
3- Use available diagnostics and treatment tools necessary for the case.
4- Use necessary medical tools and equipment carefully in diagnosing and treating the patient according to the recognized scientific principles.
5- Inform the patient of the available options of the medication.
6- Prescribe treatment and determine the quantity and usage in legible writing including the name, signature and date on the prescription and advise the patient or his family, as the case may be, of the importance of adhering to the method determined for medication.
7- Inform the patient of the nature and degree of seriousness of his illness, unless it is not in the patient’s interest to do so, or the patient is not psychologically prepared to be informed.
The patient’s next kin, relatives or fellows shall be informed in the following cases:
a. If the patient is totally or partially incapacitated.
b. If, given his medical condition, the patient cannot be personally informed, and he has not determined a person to be informed.
8- Inform the patient or his family of the complications that may arise from diagnosis, medical treatment or surgical intervention, and control such complications and provide remedial action where possible.
9- Cooperate with other physicians involved in the patient’s treatment, provide information on patient’s medical condition and the course of treatment whenever requested to do so, and consult a specialist colleague if the case so requires.
10- Cooperate with the practitioners involved in the medical condition of the patient.
11- Inform about suspicious people infected with any communicable disease according to the procedures set out in the legislation regulating communicable disease control.
These terms constitute the agenda of the doctor’s work in dealing with his patients. As the law obligated him to provide all possible medical and remedial assistance to the patient. And the law referred to him to cooperate with his doctor’s colleagues and those who work in the medical field for providing the best possible care for the patient and obligated him to inform the patient or his family with that may arise from diagnosis, medical treatment or surgical intervention before the beginning of its implementation, in addition to reporting about suspicious people infected with any communicable disease. All these obligations are for providing the best possible care services to the patient and provide the legal cover for the doctor in any action that may be taken within Treatment plan for the patient.
Regarding to the mentioned above, we noted that the medical responsibility law in the United Arab Emirates was adequate, comprehensive and fair in every practical aspects as it defined the obligations of the doctor for people’s benefit according to international medical regulations.
Attorney / Mohamed Al Marzooqi
Mohamed Al Marzooqi Advocates & Consultancy
Lawyer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai – UAE