- HCMC – Hoang Thi Ngoc Huong, former deputy director of the Hanoi Heart Hospital in Hanoi, has been prosecuted and detained for her alleged violations linked to the purchase of medical equipment.
The Ministry of Public Security’s investigators on May 13 also arrested Nguyen Thi Dung Hanh, former chief accountant and member of the bidding appraisal team at the hospital; Doan Trong Binh and Nghiem Tuan Linh, who are both former heads of the medical supplies unit and three other people.
According the investigation results, a number of leaders, employees of the hospital as members of the purchasing council, the bidding expert team, the bidding appraisal team and some employees of the AIC-Vietnam Valuation and Investment JSC had violated bidding regulations while buying chemicals and medical equipment at the hospital, resulting in increased costs, causing losses to the State and patients, affecting the operations of the hospital as well as triggering public outrage.
Earlier, since April 9, the investigators had worked with the hospital to investigate and verify activities linked to packages for buying medical equipment and implementing social projects at public hospitals.
The forces had requested the Hanoi Heart Hospital to provide them with the relevant documents to serve the investigation.
Regarding the purchase of medical equipment, the ministry’s investigators had previously arrested many executives for their alleged violations on bidding regulations related to the price gouging of intraocular lenses at the HCMC Eye Hospital and abuse of position and authority in the alleged price gouging of medical equipment at the Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital.