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Private healthcare to be scrutinised

Update: October, 30/2013 - 08:55

In the coming time, those private establishments found to not meet the requirements would be required to cease operations, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said.— Photo phunuonline

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has urged the Ministry of Health to intensify the management of private health establishments nationwide in order to ensure the quality of medical operations and health services.

Particular measures should be taken to monitor private health establishments that have business licenses but have yet to obtain professional practice licenses, he said at a meeting held on Tuesday.

In the coming time, those private establishments found to not meet the requirements would be required to cease operations, Nhan said.

Nhan also asked the health ministry to circulate relevant notifications to public hospitals on regulations relevant to the management and oversight of doctors who are working in the private sector for secondary income.

Last week, a doctor working at a private cosmetic surgery centre in Ha Noi was arrested for allegedly throwing his patient's body into Hong (Red) River after a botched breast operation.

The Bach Mai hospital management board said it was unaware the doctor was working at a private clinic, as well as performing his regular duties at the hospital. The case is still under investigation.

In order to avoid similar cases, the ministry is to set more regulations and responsibilities for local authorities and will require doctors working at private health establishments to report their extra work and time, said Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.

The Ministry of Information and Communications and Ha Noi authorities were instructed to discuss ways to manage and implement regulations stipulated in the Law on Advertisements, specifically the decrees guiding advertisements for health services shown on television, and published in brochures and websites.

The Ha Noi health department has publicised the 31 cosmetic surgery centres meeting requirements after checking hundreds of centres operating in the city.

The department's chief inspector Nguyen Viet Cuong said licensed cosmetic surgery centres were allowed to conduct minor surgeries with anesthetic.

Meanwhile, major surgeries - which include breast and nose alteration and body fat removal - must be carried out at licensed hospitals, he said.

In the first nine months of this year, the ministry set up teams to inspect the state's management of private health establishments in Ha Noi, HCM City, northern Hai Phong City and southern Binh Phuoc Province.

The ministry has also set up five inspection teams to audit the operation of cosmetic surgery centres and private health establishments at 63 localities. Inspection results will be reported ahead of December 31 this year.

There are 157 private hospitals nationwide, including six with foreign investors, and over 30,000 private clinics and health providers, according to the health ministry's statistics.

In Ha Noi, there are over two thousand private medical clinics and nearly five thousand other establishments supplying pharmaceutical services. — VNS

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