The UAE’s National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu (H1N1) has warned that legal action will be taken against public and private hospitals violating the government’s directives in dealing with the disease.

According to federal law on the prevention of contagious diseases, violations include negligence towards patients with any swine flu symptoms, Gulf News reports.

Inspection teams have been established to monitor private clinics and hospitals after complaints were received that they did not take suspected full cases seriously enough, a source told the news service.

Some private clinics were also selling Tamiflu, a medicine used to treat H1N1, for high prices, and misleading patients that their health insurance did not cover H1N1 influenza treatment, the source said.