HCMC – The Investigative Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security conducted a search at the HCMC Eye Hospital as part of its investigation into violations on bidding regulations related to the price gouging of intraocular lenses.
On November 4, the agency searched the hospital under the supervision of representatives of the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam, the local media reported.
During the search, the police worked with Nguyen Minh Khai, director of the HCMC Eye Hospital, and other relevant individuals, seizing multiple documents and paperwork. Khai was also taken out of the hospital.
In late 2018, the HCMC government asked the hospital to submit over VND395 billion to the HCMC State Treasury for the gap between collection and spending at its hi-tech department. This amount was a part of the State’s assets, but the hospital failed to add it to its financial statement.
The municipal Department of Health clarified the responsibilities of and disciplined five individuals—Tran Anh Tuan, former director of the HCMC Eye Hospital, and four officers of the HCMC Department of Health.
The four officers comprise Dinh Thi Lieu, head of the finance and planning division; Dinh Thi Hoai Thanh, former deputy head of the finance and planning division; Le Hoai Cam, former deputy head of the personnel and organization division, and Tran Minh Thai, deputy head of the personnel and organization division.
Besides, the municipal department also took disciplinary action against Vo Thanh Hung, former head of the accounting division.