July, 30 2014 09:12:00

Hospitals under scrutiny

Health will conduct consecutive inspections at five district-level hospitals across the city this week. — Photo soyte.hanoi.gov.vn 

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Department of Health will conduct consecutive inspections at five district-level hospitals across the city this week after the city-based Thuong Tin hospital was caught using a medical machine without documents to prove its origin.

The move followed an inspection on Sunday by inspectors and officials from the municipal Department of Health, Department of Environmental Police and Thuong Tin District Police found that an automated biochemical analyser had been borrowed from an outside company.

The hospital borrowed the Hitachi 717 biochemical analyser from the Dong Da-based Phu Cuong An Co., Ltd due to lack of equipment in the hospital, said hospital Deputy Director Pham Hoang Anh.

The hospital's laboratory has three biochemal analysers, including one that is broken, a Greiner GA240 installed by the Department of Health, and the borrowed Hitachi 717.

The laboratory conducted an average of 150 to 200 tests per day. The Hitachi 717 was used for about 90 per cent of total tests.

The Hitachi analyser is long out of production and has been placed on Viet Nam's list of prohibited imports.

The Department of Health fined the hospital VND30 million (US$1,450) and ordered the machine be destroyed.

Thuong Tin hospital not only borrowed the machine but also purchased VND1.2 billion (US$57,700) worth of analysing chemicals from Phu Cuong An company.

Department of Health Director Nguyen Khac Hien said the hospital might have deliberately hidden its broken machine from the Department to hire another one and shared the commission from chemical purchases.

"We will have a meeting this week to clarify the responsibilities of the hospital's leaders," he said.

Another biochemical analyser in the laboratory, a German-made Greiner GA240 was given to the hospital by the Department of Health. It was found to have three cooling fans and five motors made in China.

The machine only provides 38 test results in two-and-a-half hours while it is expected to handle 180 in one hour.

"The appearances of third-country labels does not mean that the quality of the machine is lower. All of the sub-parts produced in the third country still have to meet German standards. Our machines have proper documents to prove their origins," said the Mineral Import and Export Joint Stock Co. CEO Tran Thi Lan Anh.

The company was given the biochemical analysers in bidding package number four of the Department of Health to advance the medical equipment at district-level hospitals.

The VND30 billion (US$1.45 million) package provided equipment for district-level hospitals including Son Tay, Van Dinh, Quoc Oai, Chuong My, Hoai Duc, Thanh Oai, My Duc, Thach That, Phu Xuyen and Thuong Tin. — VNS

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