Hospital in central Vietnam punishes doctors, nurses for poor bedside manner

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Le Van Minh during in an interview with local media in Ha Tinh Province. Photo credit: Dan Tri Le Van Minh during in an interview with local media in Ha Tinh Province. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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A public hospital in central Vietnam on Thursday said that they will cut salary payments to four of its staff members as a penalty for their bad attitude towards patients. 
Two doctors, Vo Van Doan and Pham Cong Chien, will have their income reduced by half for six months. Two nurses face a similar punitive action, but only for three months. 
Managers of Cam Xuyen General Hospital in Ha Tinh Province said that a patient in July filed a complaint accusing the two doctors of ignoring him. 
The man, Le Van Minh, said there were seven patients in his room on July 20, but the doctors only chose to examine four of them.  
“When I asked why I was not examined, they insulted me and threatened to have me kicked out of the hospital,” Minh told local media.
“One of the nurses yelled at me and told me to never return.”
The incident became even worse when another nurse claimed that she had lost Minh's insurance card.
During an interrogation in August, all the doctors and nurses in question admitted that they had been irresponsible and inappropriate.
The four had visited Minh and apologized to him, the hospital said.

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