|A pharmacy shop in Bien Hoa city of southern Dong Nai province is being examined. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The southern Dong Nai Province has fined 110 private clinics and pharmaceutical companies more than VND1.5 billion (US$67,000) for violating regulations this year, the Vienam News Agency reported yesterday.
The provincial health department investigated nearly 230 private health clinics and pharmaceutical companies, among which 110 were found to have violated medical regulations.
The licences of nine private clinics were suspended, while nine others were forced to shut down because of the serious violations they committed even after the department had warned them several times.
Most of the concerned clinics were operating without licences, employing doctors who did not have professional qualifications, and were arbitrarily asking patients to undergo pre-clinical tests to increase treatment costs.
Director of Dong Nai's Health Department Huynh Minh Hoan said Dong Nai currently has 3,000 private health clinics.
The provincial health sector will intensify the investigation of these clinics to promptly deal with violations, strictly punish them and also shut down unlicenced clinics and those that repeatedly infringe medical and treatment regulations.
In another case, the Quoc Anh Company in the southern Tay Ninh Province was fined VND720.5 million ($32,100) yesterday for excavating sand in an improper manner.
Chau Thanh District's People's Committee and local residents said the Quoc Anh Company had been incompetently mining construction material such as rocks and sand in Binh Long Hamlet in Thanh Dien Commune.
As reported, the company had been mining beyond the permitted depth at wrong locations, causing landslides and pollution in the residential areas.
In June, local authorities carried out checks at the company's mining areas and found that in one of its mining beds, the firm had dug to a depth of nearly 7,300m, exceeding the permitted depth by 1,300m. They had also exceeded the amount of minerals permitted to be exploited by 21 per cent.
In addition, the Quoc Anh Company had exceeded the total area it had been permitted to use for mining by more than 460sq.m. — VNS