Chinese medicine clinics fall foul of health department

This undated file photo shows officials check a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Hanoi (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Traditional Chinese medicine clinics in Hanoi have been found in breach of several health regulations, said Hanoi’s Department of Health.

Investigators carried out surprise inspections at several clinics on December 16 and discovered a host of violations.

Many Chinese doctors were working without permission from the Vietnamese Government and unlicensed practitioners were discovered working at clinics Truong Giang Trung Quoc, Hoa Viet and a branch of Chinese Medicine on Dai Co Viet Street.

In addition, the clinics were selling medicines at prices higher than health department regulations stipulate.

One clinic at 298 Nguyen Trai Street in district Thanh Xuan, was also found using moldy drugs.

There are 64 Chinese doctors known to authorities practicing at 54 clinics around the country. In Hanoi alone, there are 23 clinics.

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By Trung Kien , translated by Nha Tran

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