As many as 137 health workers in the northern province of Lai Châu got sacked this month after the province reviewed its employment policy.— VNA/VNS Photo
LAI CHÂU — As many as 137 health workers in the northern province of Lai Châu got sacked this month after the province reviewed its employment policy.
The dismissal has caused concerns because the health workers signed labour contracts of indefinite duration with healthcare centres and hospitals back in 2011.
But last year, the health workers reluctantly signed one-year labour contracts or were told they had to leave their jobs.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, spokesman of Lai Châu Province People’s Committee Hà Trọng Hải said in 2011 the province’s Home Affairs and Health departments temporarily employed 258 people to meet staff demand of local healthcare sector.
But just 80 of 258 temporary health employees passed the employment exam in September, 2017. Those who failed or did not take the exam lost their jobs.
Director of the province’s Health Department Nguyễn Văn Đối said the department wanted to keep experienced staff and hoped that others could retake the exams and work again.
Dismissed health workers are very worried because of their sudden unemployment, and submitted petitions to the province’s People’s Committee. — VNS