HCMC health inspector accused of abetting medical fraud

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Ho Chi Minh City Health Department on Wednesday asked its inspectors to investigate allegations that an inspector abetted fraud at some Chinese-operated medical clinics in the city, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Recently, the department received complaints from patients accusing Dr. Pham Huu Quoc, a member of the department's Inspectorate, of backing clinics, including the Dam Sen clinic, which were found to be engaged in various wrongdoings during a June 20 visit by inspectors.

Violations at the Dam Sen clinic included the use of expired medicines, stocking medicines that lacked certificates of origin, employing unqualified staff, broadcasting false advertisements and performing procedures not registered with the Health Department.  

Ironically, Quoc was the one who led the inspection.


Quoc denied the accusation, saying he merely helped the doctor who established the Dam Sen clinic two years ago, and then visited the clinic six times to offer professional consultations.

He said the clinic changed ownership six months after its establishment and that he had not visited it since.

Quoc was also accused of informing Chinese medical clinics of upcoming inspections beforehand. When inspectors arrived, several Chinese medical clinics had already placed signs in front of their doors that read: "Under construction" or "Temporarily closed."

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