|People go to Lê Đình Mùi’s clinic in the central province of Thanh Hóa without knowing that the clinic is not permitted to offer examination and treatment. — Photo nld.com.vn |Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — The central province of Thanh Hóa’s Department of Health on Tuesday fined a private clinic VNĐ60 million (US$2,640) for illegally offering healthcare services and medicines.
The clinic owned by Lê Đình Mùi, 62, of Thiệu Vận Commune, Thiệu Hóa District was licensed to carry out simple services including injections, changing bandages or taking blood pressure.
However, the clinic was found to have offered examination and treatment to hundreds of patients. The clinic advertises treatment for many illnesses and diseases.
Mùi was also found to have been selling medicine to patients.
Besides the fine, Mùi had his medical practice licence revoked for six months.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are 206 private hospitals and more than 30,000 private clinics nationwide.
Last month, Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến asked health departments across the country to tighten management over private hospitals and clinics.
The departments were asked to publicise on their websites all information about licensed private hospitals and clinics in their localities.
The departments were also directed to frequently inspect and punish violating facilities. — VNS