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Hospital staff in blood test scam get jail time

Update: March, 08/2014 - 08:39

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced Vuong Thi Kim Thanh, former head of the Hoai Duc General Hospital's diagnostic unit to one year in prison for her role in a scam where replicated blood results were given to patients.

In a medical scandal that rocked the country in August 2013, diagnostic lab technicians were found to have replicated around 1,149 blood test results over a 10-month period.

The court issued a warning to the hospital's former director, Nguyen Tri Liem, and ordered that the Deputy Director of Hoai Duc General Hospital, Nguyen Thi Nhien, undergo 10 months of re-education.

The scandal sparked a nationwide outcry with patients furious over being given inaccurate health information and being charged for unnecessary medical tests.

Six other technicians involved in the case were sentenced to 6-8 months probation in the case.

The wrongdoings were exposed by Hoang Thi Nguyet, a 47-year-old diagnostic technician working for the hospital. — VNS

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