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Doctor fired for refusing promotion

Update: November, 17/2015 - 10:31

A female doctor from the central province of Phu Yen last week risked her whole career after she refused to take a promotion offered by the province's general hospital – which was to become the head of its Ophthalmology (Eye) Department.

Doctor Nguyen Thi Bang Sam said the reason she said no to the promotion was because she did not feel confident about her ability to perform as department head. Sam expressed her wish to continue to work as a doctor at the Phu Yen Ophthalmology Hospital, where she was working before the promotion.

"As a medical worker, I understand that a mistake in this field can lead to severe consequences for both patients and hospitals alike," Sam said. She added that she didn't feel comfortable taking on a new responsibility that she was not 100 per cent confident about.

The provincial health department, however, did not find her excuses convincing. A disciplinary committee was formed and a decision to fire the doctor has been issued after she refused to be promoted for a second time.

As most people would fight over a promotion at work, Sam's decision could be thought of as a wake-up call for many. While it is certainly a step up in one's career, it is also important to honestly reflect on one's ability to take on greater responsibilities. In that perspective, Sam perhaps should be complemented for her courage to say no instead of being punished.

Thieves arrested after stolen bike unearthed

More than a year after stealing a motorbike, Tran Van Truyen and Nguyen Van Tong, residents of the Bac Tra My District in central Quang Nam Province, were arrested last Sunday while they were trying to sell it in parts to local bike repair shops.

The pair admitted that they stole the bike, which was left unattended by the side of a road near a local wood – a fairly common practice by locals in this part of the country, who would often leave their motorbikes for hours while they go foraging in the forest – in June last year.

Truyen and Tong said they took the bike apart and buried the parts under the ground. After waiting for more than a year, they decided that it was finally safe to unearth the parts and try to sell them for profit.

It was during a routine inspection that the local police took notice of the bike's frame, which they found to be still in too good a condition to be sold as junk parts. Their investigation led them to the unfortunate bike's owner, who only then told the police that his bike was stolen last year and provided a matching serial number with the one engraved on the frame.

"He did not report his bike was stolen because he thought it was impossible for the police to find his bike," said Nguyen Thanh Tra, captain of the local police team.

Guess what? It wasn't. But the writer can only imagine what a tedious and lengthy process it would be to unearth all the missing parts and put the bike together for it to be of use again.

Committee tells officials where to shop

The People's Committee of Di Linh District in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong last week issued an ordinance that forbade the district's public officials to shop at the old Di Linh Market.

The ordinance even went so far as to order that departments must assign officials and take turns to watch the local market. Other officials who were found shopping there risk being reported and quite possibly, disciplinary actions taken against them by the committee.

The reason behind the committee ordinance was to boost commercial activities in the new Di Linh Market, which was opened for businesses since November 1.

Many local shop owners and other businesses, however, did not find the new market appealing. They complained that the rent was too high, the location was not as good compared to the old one and refused to move. Nearly 300 official complaints were logged during the process of moving to the new market.

The committee maintained their stance that the old market was too run down and could no longer meet safety and hygiene standards. Moving to the new market is therefore mandatory and part of the locality's long-term economic development plan.

It is understandable that the local authority and shop owners may not agree in regards to moving to the new market. However, it was perhaps too extreme of the committee to take such a drastic measure.

We also cannot help but wonder how those who were charged to watch the market and tell on their colleagues feel about their new task. From the writer's experience in his school days, being a tattletale does not raise your popularity. — VNS

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