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Overloading lifted in hospitals

Update: January, 21/2015 - 08:32
Medical workers treat patients at the Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital. Hospital overloading was eased last year. — VNS Photo Thai Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — Overloading at hospitals in Viet Nam was reduced significantly in 2014, health officials said at an online conference yesterday.

The conference was held to review efforts to reduce overloading and implement the sector's plans for medical examinations and treatment this year.

Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Ministry of Health's Medical Examination and Treatment Department, said hospital overloading had fallen by 58 per cent in national level hospitals and 47 per cent in provincial level hospitals.

In addition, patients no longer had to share beds in hospitals such as Bach Mai in Ha Noi, Cho Ray in HCM City and the Hue Central Hospital, he added.

In 2014, the health sector applied a new method to evaluate the quality of hospitals based on patient-centred principles. Administrative procedures were also reformed, cutting down the waiting time for patients by nearly one hour.

Vietnamese doctors applied new advanced techniques in 2014, including robotic surgery and stem cell transplants for cancer treatment. Technology transfer was carried out with many satellite hospitals, which helped reduce the rate of patients transferred to national level hospitals to 30 per cent.

Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien urged directors to reduce overloading at their hospitals and to stamp out bed-sharing. She said added five more international-standard hospitals would be built this year. — VNS

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