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Health services strategy urged

Bahrain News
Wed, 06 Dec 2017

BAHRAIN’S government health centres are operating without clear strategies, according to the latest audit report.

The 2016-2017 Administrative and Financial Audit Bureau Report said the Health Ministry has not enforced an annual work plan in health centres nor has it implemented indicators to assess performance.

“The ministry’s assessment of health centres is conducted according to improper statistics, which is the result of improper monitoring of the quality of healthcare services,” stated the report.

“The quality directorate has never assessed health centres, while all services are being provided without indicators resulting in no grading being done.

“The ministry has no mechanism to even ensure international accreditations it receives are being implemented.”

The report said that manpower was divided among health centres “without any logic”.

It also noted that medicines were not registered under a proper computerised system, making monitoring difficult.

“The I-Seha medical computer programme allows pharmacists to enter quantities and reduce them as they feel fit while enabling any medical staff with access to make prescriptions or dispense medicines,” explained the report.

“Violations at health centres are being dealt with internally rather than being referred to the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA).”

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