HCMC – Ministry of Public Security investigators have initiated legal proceedings against Cao Minh Chu, incumbent director of the Department of Health of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and his predecessor, Bui Thi Le Phi, for allegedly violating bidding regulations, and thus causing serious consequences.
Charges were also filed against nine leaders of companies appraising the prices of medical equipment, the local media reported.
Chu and four others‑‑ Ho Phuong Quynh, ex-member of the Can Tho Department of Health’s project management board; Nguyen Duy Hung and Nguyen Quoc Viet, ex-employees of BTC Valuation Joint Stock Company and Ta Thuong Xuan, ex-employee of Mediconsult Vietnam Joint Venture Co., Ltd‑‑are under house arrest.
Meanwhile, Phi; Hoang Thi Thuy Nga, former chairwoman of the establishment council of Neo Success Journey Group (NSJ Group); Le Huy Binh, former general director of NSJ Group; Luong Tan Thanh, ex-member of the Can Tho Department of Health’s project management board; Doan Thi No, former head of the project department at LTQ High Technology Co., Ltd and Le Thanh Hung, a salesman of NSJ Group, are in police custody.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, they were allegedly involved in two projects to tender medical equipment at the Can Tho Cardiovascular Hospital and the Can Tho Children’s Hospital. They were found to be allegedly violating regulations on ensuring fairness and transparency in purchasing medical equipment, causing huge losses for the State.