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Hospitals pulled up on violation charges

Update: October, 09/2013 - 09:59
Two HCM city hospitals have been cited for mismanaging state funds and violating regulations on health exams and treatment as well as use of X-ray films.— File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS)— Two HCM city hospitals have been cited for mismanaging state funds and violating regulations on health exams and treatment as well as use of X-ray films.

Personnel mismanagement was also found at Binh Dan Hospital and the Hospital for Orthopaedics and Trauma, according to inspectors from the city's Department of Health.

In addition, Binh Dan Hospital had more than 70 per cent of its staff travel abroad without the approval of the Health Department and the city's People's Committee.

The hospital's joint-venture also violated Health Ministry regulations, leading to a loss of more than 250 million (US$11,904).

The hospital, for example, took part in a joint-venture with Viet Nhat Co Ltd to use a CAT scanner without permission from the Health Department.

The hospital also failed to submit for approval a project with Huynh De Phuong Co Ltd on the use of lithotripsy machines for urinary stones to the department, and instead used the company's machines.

Several individuals at the hospital profited from the joint-venture and its activity at other health clinics.

Binh Dan Hospital spent more than VND2 billion ($95,238) from its development fund and stimulus projects to buy two endoscopic systems for prostate surgery, but they have yet to be used.

Nguyen Chi Hung, the hospital's former director, misspent more than VND 1 billion ($47,619) in the four years he was in his post.

In addition, the hospital did not carry out necessary procedures for health examinations and treatment.

The city said the Orthopaedics and Trauma Hospital was cited for improper usage of X-rays.

Staff at the hospital's X-ray ward reused X-rays and fraudulently exchanged X-ray film to make a profit.

Nine doctors at the hospital violated the ministry regulations that require doctors on emergency duty to refuse to perform so-called service surgery.

More than 70 per cent of the hospital's total surgeries were considered service surgeries. At state-funded hospitals, patients pay a higher fee for services that are considered to be of higher quality.

Inspectors asked Binh Dan Hospital to correct its mistakes and return VND3.3 billion ($157,142).

The city will resume inspection of the Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital in the near future. —VNS

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