The Binh Dinh Province Health Department has suspended an obstetrician for her responsibility in the death of a 35-year-old woman who was giving birth at her private clinic on June 6.
Doctor Ho Thi Sinh, who was also working at the Tuy Phuoc District Medical Center in the central province, has had her license suspended for a year and fined VND20 million (US$960), according to the department's chief inspector Nguyen Van Trung.
On June 6, Nguyen Thi Do Quyen was admitted to Sinh's clinic in Tuy Phuoc Town. Quyen successfully delivered a 3.4-kilogram (7.5lb) son but died soon after when she was being taken to a public hospital due to severe bleeding.
An autopsy later found Quyen had died because of postpartum hemorrhage.
After her death, Sinh gave Quyen's family VND300 million ($14,390) to meet funeral expenses and care for the new-born baby.
Trung said the punishment against Sinh was the strictest measure that has been taken gainst a private clinic in Binh Dinh.
According to health inspectors, Sinh's clinic was not registered to provide obstetrics services. It was registered to offer emergency aid and examinations in obstetrics and gynecology.
Duong Ngoc Hung, director of Tuy Phuoc Medical Center, told Tuoi Tre on Saturday that his center will take further action against Sinh, apart from the measures taken by the provincial health department.
At least 18 mothers have died over the past three months during birth, and in several cases, the babies have not survived as well.
Deputy health minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has instructed a nationwide inspection of obstetric facilities, as also measures taken to improve services. He has also called for strict action against all violations.