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Prevent sharing of hospital beds, says government

Update: March, 05/2015 - 16:06
A nurse takes care of a patient at the Viet Nam-Germany Hospital in Ha Noi. It is one of the 17 national hospitals that have pledged to prevent sharing of hospital beds by patients. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Oai

HA NOI (VNS) — The medical services administration under the health ministry has asked 17 national hospitals across the country to pledge that they will not allow patients to share hospital beds.

The directive has been issued to ensure quality treatment and patients' rights.

Associate professor Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the medical services administration, said that the administration will not force hospitals to implement the pledge if they do not have enough facilities.

Implementation of the pledge should be based on the hospitals' condition, he added.

The administration also asked the Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital to clarify reports that some hospitals had refused to receive patients as they wanted to implement the pledge and, as a result, the patients had to rush to the Bach Mai Hospital.

The administration told the Bach Mai Hospital to send the names of the hospitals to the health ministry in case these reports are proved to be true.

The administration will check and impose strict punishment on hospitals that do not obey the regulations on shifting of patients to other hospitals, or refuse to receive patients, seriously affecting their health. — VNS

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