H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, has issued a decision (No 71/ 2020) amending some of the regulations related to allowing government doctors to work part-time in private medical institutions.
The decision states that doctors need to meet some conditions. An applicant should be an Omani specialising in one of the medical specialties specified by the technical committee formed for the purpose.
Senior consultant physicians, consultant physicians and senior specialist physicians working for the government will be allowed to work in private hospitals.
Applicants should have completed one year in a medical job at a government healthcare institution. They should obtain approval from the Ministry of Health based on the recommendation of the technical committee. In exceptional cases, expatriate doctors at the level of senior consultant physician or consultant physician can get approval from the committee.
The decision states that doctors with a permit will be allowed to work in one or more private medical institutions in accordance with the specified timings with the approval of the technical committee and the government medical institution where the doctor works.
The time of the doctor’s work in the private medical establishment should not contradict his official working time, and it should not exceed two days per week; the technical committee could increase working days.
The decision affirmed that the technical committee could impose a fine on the offending doctor or the infringing medical institution. The fine can be no more than RO1,000 and suspension of the permit for a period not exceeding one year.
The decision was issued on April 14 and will come into effect the next day from the date of its publication in the official gazette.
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