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Former deputy minister of health stripped of all Party posts

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on December 12 stripped former Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang of all his Party posts for his slack leadership, which paved the way for the circulation of fake drugs.

According to the secretariat, while serving as a member of the Party Civil Affairs Committee of the Ministry of Health and deputy minister of health, Quang flouted the working regulations and policies of the Party Civil Affairs Committee and regulations on what Party members are banned from doing, the local media reported.

He showed a lack of responsibility, slack leadership and poor supervision, letting many officials and Party members face discipline and criminal charges, and causing serious consequences, losses and wastefulness for the State.

These violations have affected the Party’s and the State’s directions on protecting public health, sparked public concerns and damaged the prestige of Party organizations, the healthcare sector and Quang himself.

Quang was the predecessor of former Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong at the Vietnam Drug Administration. He was found to be involved in Vietnam Pharma JSC’s (VN Pharma) fake cancer drug import and trade.

The secretariat also imposed the same disciplinary measure on Colonel Pham Thai Son, former deputy secretary of the Party Committee and former head of the Border Guard of Tra Vinh Province.

Son was found to have violated regulations on what Party members should not do, the Anti-Corruption Law and the Ministry of National Defense’s regulations on the responsibility of leaders, causing serious consequences and negatively affecting the prestige of the Party and the military force.

In addition, Dam Quang Vinh, a member of the Party Committee’s Inspection Commission and secretary of the Party Committee and head of the inspectorate of Lao Cai Province; and Le Hung Son, secretary of the Party Committee of Co To District, Quang Ninh Province, were expelled from the Party.

The decisions on the disciplinary measures were made following proposals by the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission.

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