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UAE Introduces New Law for Mental Health Patients

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on February 13, 2024, 09:35:10


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The UAE has implemented Federal Law No. (10) of 2023 on Mental Health, which encompasses various provisions and penalties related to the treatment and care of mental health patients.

Individuals responsible for the care of mental health patients in the UAE may face fines of up to Dh200,000 and a minimum prison sentence of one year if found guilty of mistreatment or negligence resulting in serious injury or physical disability to the patient.

The latest UAE law emphasises that proper care and treatment of mental health patients are paramount. Stringent regulations are in place to safeguard the well-being of individuals under care. Any individual responsible for their care must adhere strictly to these regulations to ensure compliance with legal requirements and uphold the rights of patients.

Furthermore, the law stipulates that individuals who intentionally provide false information in a medical report regarding the psychiatric condition of a person, to admit or discharge them from a mental health facility, may face imprisonment or a fine ranging from Dh50,000 to Dh200,000, or one of these penalties.

Moreover, anyone aiding a person under compulsory admission to escape may be sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of three months and fined between Dh50,000 and Dh100,000, or one of these penalties.

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