The health ministry's Department of Health Examination and Treatment has instructed the Hospital K to investigate allegations that a hospital employee received bribe from a patient's relative.
The directorate of the Hanoi-based prime oncology hospital was told to clarify allegations, take strict measures against violation and report to the agency by June 9.
The instruction was made after a video clip of a hospital’s employee receiving “stack of envelopes” from a patient’s relative has gone viral online since it was posted on June 2.
The alleged female employee of the hospital’s branch No. 3 in Thanh Tri District also tipped the elder woman, whose relative was about to undergo a surgery, to bribe others at anesthetic ward.
“I only keep [the money] for the surgeon. For anesthetic [nurse], you should go over there,” she said in the clip.
The hospital director Bui Dieu said on June 3 that the hospital has suspended the employee, identified only as T, for inspection.
A still image from the video clip posted on June 2 shows a woman hospital employee taking envelopes allegedly as bribes from patients' relatives.
On April 14, health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien during a visit to Hospital K said a number of patients there told her that a hospital doctor had received bribes from patients' relatives.
Tien urged the hospital to investigate and impose strict punishment of the violated person, if any.
The hospital later confirmed that one of its doctors, Dao Thanh Lam, had received VND3.2 million (US$143) from a patient.
Lam was officially rebuked and reassigned to work at a position that does not directly deal with patients.