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Ministry tightens hospital transfers

Update: October, 19/2016 - 09:00
A patient is taken into Quốc Ánh Hospital in HCM City. The Ministry of Health has asked all hospitals to tighten the transfer of patients between medical facilities. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health has requested hospitals to tighten their regulations on the transfer of patients for treatment at clinics outside the hospital and have proper punishments for violations.

According to Deputy Minister of Health, Nguyễn Viết Tiến, inspections, monitoring and information from patients show that after initial examination and diagnosis, many public hospital staff deliberately recommend patients have treatments at other hospitals or clinics.

In a directive sent to directors of centrally run and provincial hospitals, as well as heads of local health departments on Monday, the ministry clearly stated the situation and asked for tough measures to rectify it, in order to ensure the safety of patients and minimise risks that may arise when patients have treatment at inadequate medical facilities.

The ministry asked the heads of hospitals to seriously direct, review and take strict disciplinary actions against the doctors and medical workers’ illegal introductions and transfers, as well as strengthen the management of patients’ examinations and treatment at their hospitals.

Hospitals suffering severe overloads can transfer their patients to other medical facilities that are their local satellite units if the units meet the requirements of professional skills, equipment and infrastructure.

The Ministry of Health requested hospitals to have a contractual responsibility and develop mechanisms on the management of patients between hospitals and satellite units. — VNS

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