Harsh penalty on private clinic violators: Minister

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien yesterday ordered local departments of health to enhance inspection of private clinics to ensure the quality of healthcare.
 

The Health Minister and inspectors pay visit to a private clinic in Hanoi to check quality (Photo: SGGP)

The Health Minister and inspectors pay visit to a private clinic in Hanoi to check quality (Photo: SGGP)

In addition, the health minister asked local health departments to issue harsh penalties on those which runs afoul of treatment regulations.
The departments of health must publicize lists of certified private clinics and its specific scope of activities, lists of practitioners on its websites so that people can have more information of all clinics before coming there for treatment, ensure that all medical workers must have practicing certificates.
Inspectors will impose heavy administrative fines, revoking practicing certificates, business license or suspending peration of clinics that violate healthcare regulations ruled by the healthcare law.
Moreover, departments of health must publicize violating clinics on its website to deter them from committing again.
Inspectors should regularly pay unscheduled visits to private clinics to check posters, leaflets and procedures.
At present, the country has 206 private infirmaries and over 30,000 doctor rooms. Theses private facilities provide healthcare treatment services helping to reduce pressure on big hospitals.
Nevertheless, the Ministry discovered several private institutions violated the regulation such as they hired foreign medical workers without practicing certificate, or they provide health service without permission or collect higher fee.
By NGUYEN QUOC - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

By NGUYEN QUOC - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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