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Cofepris shuts three Cancun medical facilities for ‘serious health irregularities’

Cancun, Q.R. — Three medical clinics in Cancun were part of a mass closure by government officials after a nationwide health inspection earlier this week. In a statement, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) reported the closure of 83 facilities in 10 inspected states.

While a majority of the closures were in Mexico City, three were located in the city of Cancun. According to Cofepris, the medical facilities were shut “due to serious health irregularities”.

The agency published the full list “as a result of the constant and strict health surveillance it carries out to protect the health of the entire population. The list includes 83 establishments that carry out commercial service and industrial activities including blood banks, clinics, offices, tattoo studios, hemodialysis centers, manufacturers of chemical products and dietary supplements,” they explained.

Most of the closures are concentrated in Mexico City with a total of 44 establishments followed by the State of Mexico with 23, Durango, with four, Quintana Roo with three and Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Puebla each with two while Jalisco, Michoacán and Oaxaca each had one closure.

“Serious irregularities detected in these clinics and offices include the lack of a health license, inappropriate infrastructure and the lack of academic certification of the personnel necessary to carry out certain surgical procedures,” Cofepris reported.

“These establishments, which offer medical services in such conditions, do not guarantee proper functioning and represent a direct threat to the health of patients seeking medical care in their facilities,” they added.

When Cofepris’ specialized personnel detect irregularities during verifications, an administrative sanction procedure is initiated that culminates in a reprimand with a warning, fine and/or temporary or permanent, partial or total closure.

Of the 83 shut medical facilities in 10 states, three were in Cancun.
Photo: Cofepris October 10, 2023.

“The disclosure of the names and locations of the closed establishments aims to increase the transparency of the processes carried out by the health authority and keep the population informed before purchasing services and/or products in said places,” Cofepris added in the statement.

In Cancun, Cofepris says Banco de Sangre Hematologia on Tulum Avenue, Dental Clinic Propiedad de Corporaction de Dental Joba S.C. in Plaza Las Fiesta in the Cancun Hotel Zone and Clinic Perfection Plastic Surgery Centre on Holbox Avenue, also in Cancun, have all been closed due to inspections that resulted in the discovery of “serious health irregularities”.