Police prosecute three involved in dialysis incident killing 8 people

Police in the northern province of Hoa Binh yesterday decided to take criminal proceedings against three people who got involved in a medical incident killing eight patients.

Leaders of Hoa Binh pay visits to patients in the incident (Photo: SGGP)

Leaders of Hoa Binh pay visits to patients in the incident (Photo: SGGP)

Police detained three people including 31 year old Bui Manh Quoc hailing from the northern province of Bac Ninh, director of Tram Anh Company, 27 year old Tran Van Son – a staff of the General Hospital Hoa Binh’s Medical Equipment Ward and 31 year old Hoang  Cong Luong – a doctor of the Intensive Care Unit.

As per police’s decision, Quoc was arrested on the charge of “accidentally causing human death because of violating career regulation”, Tran Van Son was prosecuted for irresponsibility leading to serious consequences while Dr. Hoang Cong Luong was facing prosecution of violating treatment regulation.

Before, director of the Department of Health Tran Quang Khanh said that Thien Son Pharmaceutical Company in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District is a medical supplier to clinics including dialysis equipment in the General Hospital Hoa Binh.
One day before the incident, on May 28, Thien Son hired Tram Anh Company owned by Bui Manh Quoc to carry out maintenance of RO water filtering system in Hoa Binh Hospital’ dialysis ward.
However, though the water system had not been tested yet, it was used to treat patients. This is not accordant with the Ministry of Health’s guideline. As per the Ministry’s instruction, medical workers and the maintenance company must monitor quality of water used for dialysis before using for treatment.

By KHANH NGUYEN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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