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DHCA Alert: COVID-19 – Non-compliance in elective and non-urgent surgery directives will face disciplinary action

02 April, 2020. In line with national efforts towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we introduced instructions and guidelines to limit services to emergency care, and postpone certain elective and non-urgent surgeries in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

Dubai Healthcare City Authority, the governing body of the free zone, has learnt that a few DHCC-based clinical facilities continue to carry out elective and non-urgent surgeries. Facilities in violation of our directives are instructed to comply immediately; non-compliance will face disciplinary action from Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR).

Note: This circular supersedes and replaces all previously communicated dates/timeframe/s until further notice in relation to elective surgeries announced on 26 March, 24 March, and 19 March.

We understand that these directives may have a financial impact, however, at this time, our priority is to mitigate risk where/when possible. The guidelines have been introduced to:

  • Ensure efficient utilisation of existing healthcare resources in terms of staffing and consumables.
  • Increase healthcare access especially for critical cases.
  • Conserve blood units.
  • Enforce home confinement. 
  • Minimise mobility of unnecessary traffic.

Reminder: Certain elective surgeries are permitted and guidelines related to these have been communicated. To include an elective surgery not covered under DHCR guidelines, and/or to request for approval, email /  

We look forward to your understanding and support to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 


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