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Epilepsy ‘can be managed with proper treatment’

Around 200 healthcare professionals from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) gathered to mark World Day for Epilepsy Awareness. More...

New rehabilitation centre for addicts

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is set to open a new 28 bed centre this month to help people with addiction problems.
The Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (TRC) will provide education, prevention and rehabilitation for people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, cannabis, captagon and 
will work closely with primary health centres, 

It will have a staff of nearly 100 doctors, nurses and social workers.

Although comprehensive statistics on drug addiction in Qatar are not available, officials say that the magnitude of the problem is “similar to other countries in the region”.More...

National Health Strategy drives quality improvement for patients

All hospitals and primary health centres in the country will be required to regularly report to the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) on rare incidents, patient and staff satisfaction, patient safety and laboratory efficiency.

“This new system will help improve health care quality and patient safety,” Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Affairs at SCH told a news conference on Thursday.

From April 1, public and private health care providers will start implementing the mandatory Health Service Performance Agreement (HSPA) being implemented by the SCH.         More   [THE PENINSULA].

Read about NHS Healthcare Quality Improvement Project 2.1. More...

Qatar takes steps to standardize healthcare, improve patient rights

In an effort to improve accountability and standardize the quality of healthcare in Qatar, the Supreme Council of Health has announced a new reporting framework for providers that takes effect next month.

Quality improvement is the one of the main aims of the National Health Strategy, a six-year plan to upgrade Qatar’s healthcare system by 2016. 

Under the HPSA, healthcare providers will report regularly to the SCH on several performance indicators. In statement,
Dr. Mohamed al-Thani, director of the SCH’s Public Health Department, said the new requirements would increase transparency in the health system and enhance services for residents. More...[DOHA NEWS]

Health Call Centre to be set up in three months

The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) will soon set up a “health call centre” to gather feedback from the public and provide a way for people to share their praise, concerns or complaints about health services or providers.

The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 program has united SCH, HMC and PHCC to transform the health sector for the people of Qatar and the new call service will enable direct feedback to be obtained that will help providers improve the overall sector performance.

The round-the-clock call centre will be set up in three months, as a bilingual service, in English and Arabic and will respond to telephone calls, e-mails, fax messages, and news and reports appearing in print and electronic media as well as social media.   More...

SCH survey on insurance healthcare

Eight months after the launch of the first phase of the national health insurance scheme (NHIS), the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is seeking feedback from patients about the quality of healthcare provided under the plan. The SCH survey will assess the satisfaction level of patients and comes ahead of plans to start the next phase.

The NHIS is one of the 39 National Health Strategy 2011-2016 projects transforming healthcare in Qatar.

Read more about this NHS Project.

More than 30,000 benefit from National Health Insurance Scheme

A total of 30,780 Qatari women have been treated under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the six month's since its launch. More...

Special courts for medical errors planned

Qatar is planning to set up special courts to hear complaints about medical errors, a senior official of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said yesterday. More...

Read more about the National Health Strategy Goal 5: A National Health Policy, including Project 5.2 Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners and Project 5.5 Patient Advocacy Framework. More...


Health In The News is a collection of stories as reported by the Doha media and around the region. It is recommended that facts and statistics are independently verified. The views of reporters or news organizations presented on this website are not necessarily those of the Supreme Council of Health and no endorsement is implied.  

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