Many private clinics run afoul of health regulations

Vietnamese Health Minister and her team yesterday paid unscheduled visits to private medical clinics in Hanoi, discovering violations of health regulations.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien  pays visit to Thien Tam clinic in Hanoi which run afoul of health regulations (Phot: SGGP)

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien pays visit to Thien Tam clinic in Hanoi which run afoul of health regulations (Phot: SGGP)

Inspection team found out Thien Tam Clinic at 212 Nguyen Luong Bang in Hanoi’s District Nguyen Luong Bang has no machine as per the licence. Patient records are written not fully and without prescription.
Moreover, Chinese doctors work in the clinic yet patients’ records and prescription are written in Vietnamese g. Worse, the clinic provides some illegal services such as treatment for male diseases without the Department of Health’s permission.

Furthermore, the clinic has put on service advertisement in internet without related agencies’ censor.

Nguyen Viet Cuong, chief inspector of Hanoi Health Department, said that last year the health inspectors discovered violations in the clinic while inspecting it. Consequently, inspectors asked the clinic to stop operation in 4.5 months as well as issued administrative fine of VND120 million ($5,298).

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien ordered the clinic to delete illegal services as per guideline. The Department of Health was asked to closer supervise the clinic.

Health Minister and the inspection team headed to the General Clinic at 298 Kim Ma where 13 foreign doctors with different nationalities work. The clinic strictly adheres to the Ministry’s regulation and its facilities is fully equipped for treatment.

After visits, Health Minister had a meeting with Hanoi People’s Committee upon management of medical infirmaries. Director of Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh admitted there have been violation in private clinics with foreign doctors. Penalties have not deterred them from committing mistakes.

In 2016  and the first quarter, 2017, the Department of Health has paid visits to 170 private clinics and imposed administrative fines to 102 ones collecting nearly VND2.6 billion. Inspectors suspended operation of five clinics and revoked the permit of two ones.

Additionally, inspectors withdrew the practice permits of five doctors and operation license of three infirmaries.

Since the beginning of the year, 26 clinics where foreign doctors work received inspector and three of them were withdrawn the operation licenses and four were fined. One of them was asked to suspend the operation, one Chinese doctor was revoked the practice certificate.

By NGUYEN QUOC- Translated by Uyen Phuong

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