|Private clinics are close to each other along the Giải Phóng Street in Hà Nội. Management on private clinics will be strengthened as request from the Ministry of Health. — VNA/VNS Photo Thùy Giang|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến on Thursday promulgated an instruction on managing private clinics.
Reports of the departments of health and inspection of the Ministry of Health (MoH) showed that many private clinics were violating regulations related to health examination.
The violations included inviting foreign doctors to work without work certificates, using medicines without clear origin or banned from circulation in Việt Nam, advertising beyond their capacity, not making prices for examinations public and not maintaining health documents based on the MoH’s regulations.
Under the instruction, the MoH asked the departments of health to strengthen management of medical workers, ensuring that all had work certificates.
It added that the list of private clinics being allowed to operate must be announced on websites of the departments of health, so that residents could research the clinics before using their services.
The private clinics must make public information about work certificates, working time, specialty, prices and managers, so that residents could report necessary information, the instruction noted.
Inspectors must conduct periodic and unexpected checks on private clinics, it added.
The instruction stated that violations must be strictly penalised based on present laws.
Việt Nam currently has 206 private hospitals and more than 30,000 private clinics, according to the MoH. — VNS