18 Really for the patient in medical institutions
According to the draft law, a psychiatric patient enjoys 18 rights, which are: To receive a full explanation in a manner that understands his rights after entering a mental health facility directly, including his right to complain, or to his representative in case the psychiatric patient is unable to understand them, respect him and provide the necessary services to him in A suitable environment that preserves his dignity and meets his needs in accordance with his health condition, knowing the nature of his entry to the health facility if his condition permits, or informing his representative when necessary as soon as possible, preserving his legally established civil rights and not limiting them except for the purpose of protecting him or others from harm or under Judicial ruling, and not to impose restrictions on his work or employment because of his psychological disorder or to terminate his work except on the basis of a report from a specialized medical committee and in accordance with the legislation in force in the country, and to preserve his privacy and personal belongings in his place of residence in the mental health facility.
The psychiatric patient is also entitled to benefit from communication services unless this has a negative impact on his health condition or on others, receive visitors or refuse to receive them in accordance with the visitation system in the mental health facility, which can limit or prevent the visit according to the treatment requirements, and protect the confidentiality of information his own in accordance with the legislation in force in this regard, protection from degrading treatment and physical, physical, sexual and other exploitation, requesting the termination of compulsory admission and presenting this request to the Patients’ Rights Care Committee, and submitting any complaint against any person or entity in the mental health facility without affecting this in the level of care provided to him.
The psychiatric patient also has the right to seek the assistance of whomever he deems appropriate to represent him before others and manage his affairs inside or outside the mental health facility, and inform him personally or his representative or accompanying him about the nature of his entry to the mental health facility when issuing or renewing the decision of compulsory admission in a language or manner he understands, and informing him in writing of all his rights Including the reason for entry and the procedures to be followed if he wishes to leave, leaving the mental health facility after the end of the mandatory entry period with obtaining a plan for psychological and social care, obtaining health insurance that guarantees comprehensive health care in accordance with the legislation in force in the country, and providing support to facilitate The process of teaching, learning and practicing recreational and cultural activities in coordination with the concerned authorities, and any other rights granted by a decision of the Minister after coordination with the health authorities.
12 health care related facts
According to the draft law, a psychiatric patient has 12 rights when receiving mental health care, which are: obtaining psychiatric treatment and psychiatric medications in accordance with the recognized medical principles, knowing the diagnosis that was given to him, receiving full information about the treatment plan and its progress, the extent of response to it, any change in it and the methods The treatment and the desired benefits, risks and possible side effects and possible treatment alternatives before agreeing to the treatment, and informing him of the reasons for his transfer inside or outside the mental health facility in the event of doing so, and if his health condition does not allow this, the approval of his legal representative is taken, taking into account the procedures in force in cases emergency, active and continuous participation in the treatment plan as long as his condition permits to express his will.
The rights also include obtaining physical health care, informing him or his representative of the name and position of each member of the treatment team who cares for him in the mental health facility, receiving due care in a safe and clean environment according to the standards in force in the field of mental health, and not undergoing any treatment Experimental or medical research without his consent or the consent of his representative, and after the conditions and controls established in the legislation in force in the country are met, and not to undergo any treatment without his or his representative’s consent except in the cases stipulated by law, and knowing the health services available in the mental health facility and how to obtain them. and their costs and how to cover them, obtaining a comprehensive medical report on his mental health condition, examinations and treatment procedures that were taken while he was in the mental health facility, obtaining a copy of his medical file as determined by the executive regulations of this law, and any other rights granted by a decision of the Minister after coordination with health authorities.
Minor psychiatric patient guarantees
According to the draft law, the minor psychiatric patient is surrounded by special health guarantees that take into account his age group, psychological condition and best interests, including: the right to provide education, obligating the representative of the minor psychiatric patient to follow the treatment plan, precede any preparation procedure by a social or psychological specialist, and allocate places upon compulsory entry. Separating it from adult places, and providing separate facilities for it. The executive regulations of this law specify guarantees and controls for the compulsory admission of a minor mental patient and all other issues related to his rights and to provide advice and guidance to his family.
Entering a mental health facility
According to the draft law, the entry of a psychiatric patient or person to a mental health facility for evaluation or treatment is voluntary, mandatory, or emergency. Compulsory entry into private mental health facilities is not permissible. Entry to a mental health facility for treatment is voluntary, under the written consent of the psychiatric patient or a He may represent him, and he may leave it at his request or his representative, even if he has not completed the treatment.
According to the draft law, anyone who intentionally establishes in his medical report something that contradicts the reality regarding the psychological state of a person with the intention of entering or removing a mental health facility shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of no less than 50 thousand dirhams and not more than 200 thousand dirhams, or one of these two penalties. Whoever, in bad faith, causes a person to be admitted to a mental health facility in violation of the provisions of this law and its executive regulations.
A penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months and a fine of no less than 50 thousand dirhams and not more than 100,000 dirhams, or either of these two penalties, shall be imposed on anyone who helps a person subject to compulsory entry to escape.
A penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine of no less than 50,000 dirhams and not more than 100,000 dirhams, or either of these two penalties, shall be imposed on anyone who is entrusted with guarding, caring, nursing or treating a person suffering from a mental illness and deliberately mistreating or neglecting him.
According to the draft law, if mistreatment or neglect results in a serious illness, serious injury, or disability in the mental patient’s body, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than one year and a fine of no less than 100,000 dirhams and not more than 200,000 dirhams, or either of these two penalties.
The penalties stipulated in this law are also doubled in the event of recurrence, and the penalties stipulated in this law do not preclude taking disciplinary penalties against mental health facilities or violators of the provisions of this law and its executive regulations in accordance with the legislation in force in this regard.
Council members directed 4 questions to the Minister of Health and Community Protection and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, during the same session.
I asked the second deputy chairman of the council, Naama Abdullah Al-Sharhan, about providing medical services to those who go to shopping centers in the event of any accidents or emergency medical cases.
The minister responded by saying that COVID-19 tests for infected or suspected patients are free by law, pointing out that treatment for the disease is also guaranteed by law.
The minister added that the government bears huge sums of money for the cost of treating Covid-19, as any person who arrives at the hospital with Covid-19 is treated upon arrival in any hospital in the country according to the approved treatment protocol.
With regard to charging health insurance companies the cost of examinations, Al Owais explained that the new health insurance law, which is expected to see the light of day soon, will address many aspects, including the competencies of insurance companies.
Ahmed Abdullah Al Shehhi asked a question about the weakness of the services of Shaam Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. The Director General of the Emirates Foundation for Health Services, Dr. Youssef Al Serkal, responded by saying that the old Sha’am Hospital was replaced in 2018, and the new one was opened and the capacity was increased, and the outpatient clinics for all specialties were expanded and enabled to provide the service All days of the week.
He touched on the increase in the number of health services provided in the hospital 3 times the previous number, and other services were added.
He asked the First Vice-President of the Council, Hamad Al-Rahoumi, about the possibility of including Covid-19 tests under the insurance coverage.
The Minister of Health and Community Protection stressed that COVID-19 examinations for infected or suspected patients are free by law, pointing out that treatment for the disease is also guaranteed by law.
Obaid Khalfan Al-Salami asked a question related to the ministry’s efforts to meet the needs in specialties that suffer from a scarcity and scarcity of national doctors.
Dr. Youssef Al-Sarkal responded by referring to the establishment of the Arab Board accredited within the country and the provision of approximately 1,150 seats for physicians, in approximately 43 training programs in rare specialties, which increased the proportion of those enrolled in the board during the period 2016-2020 fourfold.
Al Serkal pointed out the establishment of the National Institute for Health Specialties and the UAE Board with the membership of the Ministry, other health authorities and academic institutions, and the approval of specialized training programs based on health care needs.