Hanoi pays supervision to private medical clinics

To tighten management on activities of private medical clinics in Hanoi, city Health Department yesterday asked these facilities must publicize the practical certificates of doctors and nurses.

The list of the private institutes’ doctors and nurses as well as the Department of Health’s hot line (043.998.5765) must be placed in easy-to-see position in the clinics where health inspectors and patients can see. The local health agencies will check how private medical clinics to carry out the Health Department's requirement.

Since now on, the department will pay regular visits to these private medical clinics which are located near public hospitals. Additionally, health officials will check private medical rooms in doctors’ house, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

Through supervision, health inspectors will address and instruct private clinics to observe regulation in providing treatment and selling medicine. Moreover, inspectors will issue penalties such as administrative fines, revoking practical certificates, business certificates if they detect violations.

Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien said that currently, Hanoi has 29 private hospitals and 2,736 medical clinics and thousands of pharmacies. These facilities provided treatment to patients accordingly helping reducing pressure on public hospitals. However, last time some of them violated regulations causing threats to patients’ lives.

By Nguyen Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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