HCM CITY (VNS) — A programme under which major public hospitals will help improve hospitals in other provinces to ease their own overload has yet to begin despite being approved by the Government in March 2013, heard a review meeting between the Ministry of Health and HCM City-based hospitals on Wednesday.
The Satellite Hospital Programme is aimed at improving the quality of hospitals around the country by sending experts to work at the provincial hospitals and train personnel there.
In the first phase, to be completed by 2015, 48 hospitals in 36 provinces and cities have been identified for assistance in the specialised fields of oncology, cardiovascular treatment, obstetrics, paediatrics, and traumatology.
They will get assistance from 14 hospitals, nine of them under the ministry and the rest under HCM City's health department.
Chau Van Dinh, deputy head of the HCM City Hospital for Trauma-Orthopedics, said his hospital would assist general hospitals in the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, and Kien Giang.
But only Ninh Thuan has so far approved setting up of new facilities at the Ninh Thuan General Hospital under the programme.
Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, deputy head of the Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital in HCM City, said Tien Giang has yet to approve plans to improve obstetrics facilities at the city general hospital.
Vo Thanh Dong, head of the ministry's HCM City office, said the central hospitals entrusted with carrying out the programme should take the initiative to work with provincial authorities and speed up things. — VNS