Qatar has closed more than 20 healthcare facilities since November 2008 after they were found to have violated health regulations.

Violations included using rusted and unhygienic medical equipment, working without authorisation, or without the required number of medical experts, according to The Peninsula.

Other violations included failing to maintain proper patient records, using part of the clinic for other activities and doctors functioning without a nurse when it is required that every doctor should be provided with one.

The Medical Licensing Department at the Supreme Council of Health inspected private healthcare facilities in the country to check if they met the health and hygiene requirements of the Council.

Some of the 22 clinics that were closed resumed functioning after they corrected their errors but 12 are still closed for failing to meet the Council’s requirements.