Authorities ignored violations at Maria Chinese Clinic

The death of 34-year-old Nguyen Thu Phong at the Maria Chinese Clinic in Hanoi on July 14 finally sealed the fate of the clinic that has been getting away with repeated violations in the past.

For this, the Department of Health in Hanoi must be held accountable for their lack of determination to act in time, despite repeated complaints and violations.

Dr. Do Y Na, director of the Maria Chinese Clinic, said that the closing down of the clinic was inevitable after so many repeated violations. She said that she had been unaware that Chinese doctors were being employed at the clinic, as according to her no such doctors were legally on the pay roll.

Therefore, soon after she saw some Chinese doctors working in the clinic and also other signs of violations such as selling of Chinese medicines without permits, collection of unregistered health service fees, haphazard checking of patients’ medical records, and marketing services not on the clinic’s license, she requested the An Thinh Company, owners of the clinic, to re-arrange the clinic’s activities.

However, her request was ignored and thereafter she handed her resignation in February 2011 to the Department of Health and the An Thinh Company. Presently Dr. Pham Thi Trang is in charge of the clinic.

Dr. Na said the death of the poor woman on July 14 was the result of negligence and corrupt practices at the clinic, adding that she must share the blame because of her lack of determination to stop such practices.

Meantime, lawyer Le Van Thiep, representing the An Thinh Company, said the company has offered support to Nguyen Thu Phong’s family. He confirmed that Phong was treated by two male Chinese doctors Zhou Ji Anjao and Zhang Ling Gong and one female Chinese doctor, Deng Qin Zhi.

Deng Qin Zhi had used the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to treat Phong. Due to her poor health after operation, Phong was transfused with Levofloxaxin, a synthetic chemotherapeutic antibiotic, and Dexamethazone 4mg and Adrenalin, but she still felt fatigued.

Representatives from the Department of Health in Hanoi said the clinic violated regulations since it had used the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), which it was not licensed to use.

Tran Quy Tuong, from the Examination and Treatment Management Department, said the health authorities in Hanoi must be held accountable for this tragic incident.

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By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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