A doctor in the northern province of Phu Tho has resigned from a managerial position after a photo appeared on social media showing him putting one foot on the bed of an elderly patient.
The doctor, whose full name has not been disclosed by Lam Thao General Hospital, will have to make a public apology and will be stripped of any bonuses and benefits apart from his basic salary this year, local media reported.
But “based on his violation he still can continue working at the hospital,” director Le Thi Vuong told news website Kienthuc.
The doctor was shown in a photo earlier this week with a foot on the bed of a patient during an examination.
The photo, reportedly taken on June 17, sparked a strong reaction on social media, with many netizens accusing the doctor of being disrespectful and discrediting the health care sector.
He later explained that he had a pain on his leg that day and that he wanted to lean closer to talk to the patient, who had bad hearing.