Hanoi doctor reprimanded for receiving ‘stack of envelopes’

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Images from the video clip show an employee at a Hanoi hospital receiving envelopes from patients' relatives. Images from the video clip show an employee at a Hanoi hospital receiving envelopes from patients' relatives.

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The oncology hospital of Hanoi, Hospital K, said Friday a doctor will be reprimanded after she was seen in a video footage receiving what seemed to be envelopes of money from patients' relatives.
The doctor "violated code of conducts for doctors," according to the hospital management, who refused to identify her.
The footage has sparked an outcry after it was posted online on June 2.
In the footage, a woman in white coat received a stack of envelopes from some other people who said they had written the patients' names on the envelopes.
The woman can be heard saying that she would receive the envelopes and pass them on to "surgeons." But she refused to receive the envelopes for "anesthesiologists."
After the video went viral, Hospital K suspended the doctor involved.
Tran Van Thuan, the hospital's vice director, claimed that it was the first time a doctor of Hospital K was accused of receiving bribes.
However, according to the Ministry of Health, Hospital K topped the list of hospitals being complained about staffers' illegal brokering and demands for bribes.
Last month, a doctor and a nurse at the hospital were censured for receiving a patient's money.

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