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Dak Lak public hospitals cannot pay their employees

Update: December, 09/2015 - 16:30
Buon Ma Thuot General Hospital is one of fourteen hospitals that have not paid November's salary to employees. — Photo Huyen Trang

DAK LAK (VNS) — Public hospitals in the central highland Dak Lak Province are facing the risk of running out of money and not being able to pay their doctors and health workers.

Fourteen hospitals reportedly face financial trouble as of now, the provincial health department said.

Among all, Buon Ma Thuot General Hospital tops the list as it owes its 277 employees up to VND3.1 billion ($138,400), with the November salaries amounting to VND1.5 billion ($67,000).

An officer, speaking on behalf of the hospital's director, said the lack of money was due to declining revenues.

The total revenues of the hospital this year were projected to be VND61 billion ($2.7 million), with VND6.65 billion ($296,000) to be given out as employee salaries.

However, the actual turnover of the hospital -- VND54.7 billion ($2.4 million) -- fell short by 11 per cent and the funds were just enough for paying employee salaries till October.

A report by the Dak Lak Health Department said all 14 hospitals were in the same boat, with the total money owed till the end of the year being more than VND15 billion ($669,600).

Along with Buon Ma Thuoät General Hospital, Buon Ho General Hospital owes its employees VND3.2 billion ($142,800).

Other hospitals owe between VND131 million and VND1.6 billion ($5,800-$71,400).

Doan Huu Long, general director of the health department, told online newspaper Thanhnien that local hospitals used to estimate the revenue of the coming year to be always higher than the previous year, but the actual revenue did not match the anticipated target due to many reasons. "One reason is that the private health sector is growing strong, and therefore the number of patients coming to public hospitals is falling."

Tran Vu Son, deputy head of the accounting-financial office of the provincial health department, said the department would ask the financial department to support the payment of salaries by the hospitals.

This week, the financial department will submit a plan to the provincial Ppeople's Committee. If it is accepted, the money will be disbursed early.

According to Decree 43/2006/ND-CP, after deducting the costs of medicines and medical supplies for patients, 35 per cent of the remaining money will be sent to the salary reform fund, which is used to support employees in case salaries change. However, the revenue of 2015 was lower than expected, and so the people's committee asked local hospitals to use the salary reform fund to pay the salaries of doctors and staff. — VNS

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