HA NOI - The Ha Noi Department of Health and districts' health offices will carry out checks on private clinics in the city from now till the end of this year.
Clinics operating without permits, or those employing doctors without adequate work permits, will be strictly punished, said Nguyen Viet Cuong, chief inspector of the department. The capital city has more than 240 private clinics, and all of them will be checked.
Authorities will also strengthen their management of food safety and hygiene. This month the inspection will focus on cakes and confectionery, popular sellers in the lead-up to the Mid-Autumn Festival.
During the past 8 months, the department's inspectors checked 6,295 private medical clinics and food manufacture and trading enterprises.
More than 120 enterprises were suspended from their work, and more than 760 others were fined a total of VND3 billion (US$142,800). - VNS