Robust regulation and framework—strengthening MoPH capacity and providing full coverage
An effective healthcare system needs a robust policy and regulatory framework to guide Qatar’s health sector and ensure quality and accountability. The government regulatory authority has changed several times in recent years to the current authority, the MoPH, and this has caused instability within the health sector. The MoPH must not only overcome this instability but must take leadership in fulfilling its regulatory role in light of multiple challenges. The key challenge is recruitment and retention of highly skilled staff, both Qatari and expatriate, and currently there is a shortage of high-quality human resources.
Healthcare regulation in Qatar needs considerable strengthening. The MoPH must fulfil its role and establish a clear and comprehensive regulatory framework that monitors the healthcare system, ensuring safety and quality, yet not impeding positive progress. This will require a considerable change in policies regarding workforce recruitment and retention. The aim should be to employ the best possible workforce, whether Qatari or expatriate. Qatarisation should be supported appropriately, with Qataris receiving the required mentorship and support needed to fill their roles.
The following are the identified projects for the NHS 2011–2016 required to achieve this goal:
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