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Abu Dhabi: The Taif Health Compliance Department has arrested an unlicensed doctor working in a private medical facility and remanded her in custody pending trial, local media reported.

The authorities also found the doctor was not under the sponsorship of the owner of the facility, nor does she carry a professional classification from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

spokesman for Taif Health Department, Siraj Al Humaidan, said the administration took a decision to suspend the doctor from work immediately and refer the case to the Public Prosecution and the Committee for Violations of Private Health Institutions.

The Saudi prosecution has warned practices prohibited in the system of health professions are punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, and a fine of up to SR100,000, or one of these two penalties.

The Public Prosecution said there are a number of cases punishable by law with these penalties according to article 28 of the Health Professions Practicing Law, which are: Practicing health professions without a licence, providing data that does not match the truth, or using illegal methods that result in granting a licence to practice health professions and using means of advertising that would lead the public to believe that they are entitled to practice health professions.”

The Saudi prosecution also warned that the penalties are also applicable to impersonation and assuming titles that are usually given to those who practice health professions.