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Royal Decree establishes Medical University City

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Muscat – His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik issued three Royal decrees on Wednesday reading as follows:

Royal Decree No 10/2024 defines the specialties of the Ministry of Health and endorses its organisational structure.

  • Article 1 states that the specialties of the Ministry of Health will be defined in accordance with Annex 1 attached to this decree.
  • Article 2 approves the organisational structure of the Ministry of Health in accordance with Annex 2 attached to this decree.
  • Article 3 cancels Royal Decree No 36/2014 and Royal Decree No 80/2020, as well as all that contradict this decree or contravene its provisions.
  • Article 4 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced from its date of issue.

Royal Decree No 11/2024 establishes Medical University City and promulgates its system of functioning.

  • Article 1 stipulates that an institution named ‘Medical University City’ will be established. It will have a legal character, enjoy financial and administrative autonomy, report to the Minister of Health and be governed by the provisions of the system (law) attached to this decree.
  • Article 2  states that the Medical University City will have its premises in the Governorate of Muscat and that it is permissible, by virtue of a decision from the Board of Directors, to establish branches for the city in other governorates.
  • Article 3 transfers to the Medical University City all the assets, origins, rights and obligations of the following institutions: The Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the Oman National Centre for Hematology and Marrow Transplantation, and the Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre.

It also states the following:

– Occupants of medical and paramedical jobs will be transferred to the Medical University City from Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the Oman National Centre for Hematology and Marrow Transplantation, and Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre – along with the employees’ financial grades, their allocations and their job status, as well as other staff from those institutions, along with their financial grades.

– The provision of this article will be implemented in accordance with the mechanism and determinants approved by the Board of Directors of Medical University City, after coordinating with the Vice-Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University.

Article 4 stipulates that Medical University City will have the following bodies merged into it – Civil government health institutions and their supporting government entities that will be determined by a decision from the Council of Ministers, based on a proposal by the Board of Directors of the Medical University City.

The transfer of allocations, assets, rights and obligations of the aforementioned institutions and entities – as well as the transfer of employees of the same institutions to the Medical University City – will be governed by the provisions of Article 3 of this decree, after coordination with the authorities concerned, with effect from the date of issue of a decision to be taken to this effect by the Council of Ministers, in accordance with the provision of the first clause of this article (Article 4).

  • Article 5  states that the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Medical University City will issue the regulations and decisions necessary for the implementation of the provisions of this decree and its attached system (law). Till such time, the existing regulations and decisions in force at the aforementioned institutions named in Article 3 of this decree will continue to be applied – where no other/specific text has been issued otherwise and without prejudice to the provisions of those regulations/decisions.
  • Article 6 cancels all that contradicts this decree or its attached system or contravenes their provisions.
  • Article 7 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced from its date of issue.

Royal Decree No 12/2024 on placement of officials in some posts.

  • Article 1 appoints the following:

Dr Fatima Mohammed Baqir al Ajmi as Executive President of  Oman Medical Speciality Board, along with her grade and financial allocations.

Dr Ahmed Salim Saif al Mandhari as Undersecretary for Planning and Health Organisation in the Ministry of Health.

Sulaiman Nasser Khamis al Hiji as Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Health.

Ahmed Saleh Sofian al Rashdi as Undersecretary in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

Mahmoud Abdullah Ahmed al Owaini as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance with the special grade.

  • Article 2 states that this decree will be published in the official gazette and enforced from its date of issue.

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