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Court delays trial on medical incident at Hòa Bình General Hospital

Update: May, 08/2018 - 09:00
The People’s Court of Hòa Bình City in the northern province of Hòa Bình yesterday delayed the first-instance trial on a medical incident causing eight deaths at the kidney dialysis division of the Hòa Bình General Hospital in May last year.— Photo sggp.org.vn

HÒA BÌNH — The People’s Court of Hòa Bình City in the northern province of Hòa Bình yesterday delayed the first-instance trial on a medical incident causing eight deaths at the kidney dialysis division of the Hòa Bình General Hospital in May last year.

The defendants are Bùi Mạnh Quốc, 31, director of the Trâm Anh Water Treatment Co. Ltd, who was prosecuted for “unintentionally causing deaths”, and Trần Văn Sơn, 28, employee of the medical material and equipment division of the Hòa Bình General Hospital and Hoàng Công Lương, 31, doctor at the Department of Intensive Care of the Hòa Bình General Hospital, who were both prosecuted for “lacking responsibility causing serious consequences.”

Thirteen lawyers registered to take part in the trial, but only three of them were present. Former Director of the hospital Trương Quý Dương was also absent from the trial.

After collecting opinions of the People’s Procuracy, the participating lawyers and defendants, the judging council decided to delay the trial and re-open it on May 15.

On May 29, 2017, 18 patients suffered from symptoms of anaphylactic shock including breathing difficulty, sudden falls in blood pressure, stomach aches and vomiting while receiving kidney dialysis at the kidney dialysis division of the Hòa Bình General Hospital’s Department of Intensive Care. Eight of the patients died in this incident.

According to authorised agencies, unqualified water for kidney dialysis and equipment maintained and operated not in line with the regulated process were the causes of the incident.

On April 20, doctor Hoàng Công Lương sent a letter to the Party, State and Government leaders, expressing his hope that the case will be judged in an open and fair manner. — VNS

 

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