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Hòa Bình hospital’s director demoted after May deaths

Update: August, 10/2017 - 14:00
The meeting to announce the decision to demote Trương Quý Dương on Wednesday afternoon. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÒA BÌNH — The northern province of Hòa Bình’s Department of Health on Wednesday afternoon announced its decision to demote the director of Hòa Bình General Hospital, Trương Quý Dương, after eight patients undergoing dialysis died.

As per the decision, Dương has been demoted to a regular doctor. The decision will be valid for one year.

In one of Việt Nam’s most serious medical incidents, on May 29, eight patients who underwent kidney dialysis at the hospital died after substandard water was allegedly used in the dialysis machines.

Trần Quang Khánh, head of the province’s health department who signed the decision to demote Dương, said disciplinary action had been taken against Dương as a serious incident occurred when he was head of the hospital but failed to fulfil his duties.

On July 21, Khánh had sat with the hospital’s disciplinary council to discuss the matter; all five members of the council have agreed with the decision.

The medical incident is still under investigation.

Also on Wednesday, the department assigned Quách Thiên Tường, deputy director of the hospital, to take responsibility for the hospital’s functioning. — VNS

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