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Hanoi leader gets shock at Saint Paul Hospital’s HIV testing scandal

Deputy Head of the Hanoi Party Committee’s Commission for Culture and Ideology Pham Thanh Hoc yesterday said that the case that medical workers of Saint Paul Hospital cut HIV and hepatitis B testing strips in half for trial is very serious.

Hanoi leader gets shock at Saint Paul Hospital’s HIV testing scandal

He made the statement at a press brief yesterday on the case that medical workers of Saint Paul Hospital cut HIV and hepatitis B testing strips in half for trial to earn profit.
He added that leaders of the capital city have kept an eye on the case to have timely direction on it. All leaders got shocks at the news; accordingly, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee requested to investigate the case and impose harsh penalties on those involved in.
He supposed the case has involved in technique and other medical skills; therefore, the Department of Health will be responsible for investigating it and then report. Prosecution will be proposed if it caused serious consequences, as he said.
Regarding the case, at the press brief organized lately, managers of the hospital had to answer reporters’ questions yet they beat around the bush.
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Hospital Deputy Director Tran Thi Lien Huong said the hospital management board is carrying out investigation from initial statement of those involving. She said the hospital has not checked how many testing strips have been cut half.
She refused all other questions such as the hospital has reported the trial to the Department of Health or whether patients were informed about trial saying that the case was under investigation.
About the case, in its document to the Department of Health, the Ministry of Health's Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department requested to check testing procedure in Saint Paul General Hospital and publicize the result and penalties.
Reports of the case must be sent back to the Ministry of Health which also ordered the Department of Health to increase supervision on medical clinics according to the sector’s regulations.

By NGUYEN QUOC - Translated by ANH QUAN

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