Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Health Regulation Department has issued a circular banning all medical facilities in the emirate from filming patients during surgery for the purpose of advertising their services and doctors on social media channels. Filming the patient violates their privacy and is not allowed even if the patient agrees to it as this could endanger the health and safety of patients.
The circular comes after finding out that an increasing number of unauthorised medical people are entering operation rooms to record the surgery for the purpose of airing it live on social media channels such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, to advertise for their facilities and doctors, which can affect the doctor and medical crew’s concentration while conducting the surgery and also constitutes as a clear violation of infection control laws, especially if the person filming is not authorised to enter the operating room or does not have a medical background.
DHA's Health Regulation Department issued a circular today banning all medical facilities in the emirate from filming patients during surgery for the purpose of advertising their services and doctors on social media channels.#DHAupdates pic.twitter.com/FEhhcXPFf4
— هيئة الصحة بدبي (@DHA_Dubai) May 8, 2018