The impact of legislation on the delivery of healthcare services in Qatar was scrutinised and explained at a seminar recently held in Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). More than 150 physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals attended the one-day event to hear experts discuss the implications of new and amended legislation relating to privacy and personal data protection, employee sponsorship and the delivery of mental healthcare services.

The seminar was the fifth of WCM-Q’s Law and Medicine series, which holds similar events at least three times a year to explore the similarities between the two professions and provide useful information to healthcare and legal professionals working within and outside Qatar.

Opening speaker Kelly Tymburski LLB, a Partner at Denton’s law firm, spoke about Law No 13 of 2016 Concerning Privacy and Protection of Personal Data. This law started implementation in November last year. Tymburski said that among several other provisions, the new law requires collectors of information to disclose the purposes for which data is being collected, the parties involved in processing activities and the manner of processing. Data controllers must also limit their collection and retention of personal data to that which is relevant and necessary to achieve the purposes for which it was collected.

Speaker Kamaljit Dosanjh LLB, Senior Associate at Al Tamimi & Company, discussed about the changes to Qatar’s sponsorship laws and the likely impact on the healthcare workforce. Law No 21 of 2015 superseded the Kafala system with the intention of making it more straightforward for employees to switch jobs and leave the country.

Dr Suhaila Ghuloum, Senior Consultant at the Psychiatry Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, talked about ‘Qatar’s Mental Health Law and its Impact on Healthcare Delivery’. She discussed legislation relating to training of healthcare professionals involved in mental healthcare delivery, compulsory admission of patients, and the role of families in mental healthcare treatment.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session moderated by Dr Sunanda Holmes, Associate University Counsel & Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at WCM-Q. Dr Holmes said their goal for every session is to facilitate dialogue among the various professionals who can improve healthcare delivery, support healthcare professionals and protect patients’ rights.

Kelly Tymburski LLB, a partner at Denton’s law firm
Kelly Tymburski LLB, a partner at Denton’s law firm
Dr Suhaila Ghuloum of HMC
Dr Suhaila Ghuloum of HMC

For more information about the WCM-Q seminars, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.