HA NOI — At a ceremony here yesterday to mark completion of the first phase of the Hospital K extension unit in Tan Trieu Commune in the capital city's Thanh Tri District, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called for faster implementation of a project aimed at reducing overlead in the nation's hospital system.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visits a patient at the Hospital K extension unit in Tan Trieu Commune in Ha Noi's Thanh Tri District yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Located on a site of 6.6ha, the US$47.6 million facility aims to satisfy the need for of cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities in the country's northerb region. While the 1,000-bed facility is slated for completion in 2013, phase on puts a 300-bed unit into service.
"Putting 300 beds into operation in this first phase will play an important role in improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients and help reduce overload at Hospital K," said hospital director Bui Dieu.
Hospital K, the largest cancer treatment facility in the northern region, currently has two units with a capacity of 810 beds on Quan Su Street and in Tam Hiep Commune in Thanh Tri District.
Hospital K was facing a pressing overload, with over 4,000 patients coming to the hospital daily for examinations and another 3,000 inpatients, Dieu said.
Hospital K was operating at 172-per-cent capacity, while Bach Mai Hospital in Ha Noi was at 168 per cent and Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City at 139 per cent.
Patient overload in central hospitals was a pressing issue that has received a great deal of attention from the Government, the healthcare sector and the public, agreed Dung, urging the healthcare sector to continue strengthening its capacity for cancer treatment nationwide, especially at central-level hospitals.
According to the health ministry, the overload in centrally-run hospitals has become more severe in the last couple of years. Public hospitals was reportedly operating at an average capacity of 116 per cent in 2009, 120 per cent in 2010 and 118 per cent last year.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien told a session of the National Assembly Standing Committee earlier this year that reducing the overload at centrally-run hospitals was one of the ministry's key tasks through 2015. Under a master plan submitted to the Government by the ministry, priority would be given to increasing the number of hospital beds, upgrading provincial and district hospitals, and building satellite hospitals specialising in cancer, plastic surgery and other specialties. — VNS