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Health department fines hospital over negligence

Update: July, 29/2014 - 14:24
The Hitachi 717 was used for about 90 per cent of the tests conducted in the hospital's laboratory. The Department of Health has ordered that the seized machine should be destroyed.— Photo tienphong

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Department of Health has fined the city-based Thuong Tin Hospital VND30 million (US$1,400) for using a biochemical analyser without having documents showing its place of manufacture.

The hospital's Deputy Director Pham Hoang Anh said that they had been hiring the Hitachi 717 machine from the Ha Noi-based Phu Cuong An Co., Ltd since last July in place of a damaged biochemical analyser which the hospital had earlier.

The Hitachi 717 was used for about 90 per cent of the tests conducted in the hospital's laboratory. The Department of Health has ordered that the seized machine should be destroyed.

The Department added that it would conduct widespread inspections of other health facilities to check for use of substandard medical equipment. — VNS

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