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Ministry issues circular on sick leave
BY EMAN ABDULLAH AL ALI March 21, 2017
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DUBAI: The Ministry of Health and Prevention issued a circular notifying the medical sub-committees dealing with sick leave at the medical zones to receive sick leave requests that exceed a month, as well as the patient’s companion’s leave. The requests will be forwarded to the Supreme Medical Committee for the approval and then re-delivered to the applicants.

Dr Hussein Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of the Health Centres and Clinics, and Head of the Supreme Medical Committee said, “The step comes in response to the complaints of the hassles which the applicants face when submitting the sick leaves and then receive them from the Ministry’s headquarters.”

It was decided that the medical sub-committees receive such applications and transfer them to the Supreme Medical Committee to be returned later to the applicants, in order to delight customers.

The Committee received more than 1,000 sick leave applications during the first quarter of this year, and there are many requests reviewed by the sub-committees in the medical zones which are less than 29 days.

He further noted that the medical sub-committee review the sick leaves which are between 1-29 days, while the supreme committee reviews those which exceed one month. It may accept the requests as they are, reduce the number of days, rejected or referred to another doctor to be re-reviewed.  He pointed out that the Ministry has started since the beginning of this year to transfer all sick leave applications of the patient’s companion whether inside or outside the country, to the Supreme Medical Committee to review it, which is the only body responsible for the approving the leave of a patient’s companion or not. While the medical zones are not authorised to do this, he added.

The decision contributes to regulating the issue of accepting leaves of the patient’s companion, and to ensure that it is given to those who really need it according to the new amendments to the federal law of human resources.
 

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