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Health minister visits hospitals to seek ways to ease overcrowding

Update: July, 12/2014 - 09:39
HA NOI  (VNS) — On a visit to two city hospitals yesterday, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien urged them to reduce their workload to relieve inconvenience to patients and improve outpatient treatment.

A Ministry of Health's delegation led by the minister visited Viet Nam National Cancer Hospital's branch in Tan Trieu Commune and the National Hospital of Endocrinology's branch in Tu Hiep Commune, both in Ha Noi's Thanh Tri District, to inspect the initial results of the project to ease hospital overload.

After making a tour of the two hospitals, Tien expressed her appreciation at the managements and staff of the hospitals in raising the quality of medical treatment and catering to the customers' needs.

She asked for more work, however, to be done to improve the quality of outpatient treatment and reduce hospital procedures to relieve the inconvenience to patients.

She said the two hospitals needed to get more involved in providing training and knowledge transfer to non-central hospitals to ease the overload on the major hospitals.

Tien also asked the hospitals to take full advantage of their existing facilities even while investing in new equipment to serve their customers better.

Under the project to ease hospital overload, Viet Nam National Cancer Hospital (also known as K Hospital) has opened a new branch in Tan Trieu and worked to streamline its operations as well as reduce the examination time, according to the hospital's Director Bui Dieu.

Dieu said the hospital had managed to partly ease the overload by boosting outpatient treatment and decreasing inpatient treatment, simplifying examination procedures and increasing IT applications.

In similar attempts to ease the overload, the National Hospital of Endocrinology has set up new faculties and brought in more beds, according to the hospital's report to the minister.

It has also managed to reduce the examination time by simplifying procedures for medical tests. — VNS

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