Doctor removed from Party position for harassing nurse

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A doctor at a provincial hospital in southern Vietnam was Thursday sacked as deputy secretary of the hospital's Party unit for sexually harassing a woman colleague.

The removal of Nguyen Duc Thinh, head of the ENT department at Soc Trang General Hospital, followed several complaints by Tran Thi Xuan Nguyen, a nurse in his department, about his improper conduct towards her.

She filed her first complaint last January, saying Thinh had locked the door when they were alone one night and grabbed her.

She had to struggle hard to escape, she said.

The doctor had "crossed the line" with her on another previous occasion, she said.

But Thinh claimed that he had his arm around Nguyen's shoulders casually but had no sexual intent.

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The Soc Trang Department of Health rebuked Thinh after the incident. But Nguyen, considering the punishment too light, lodged another complaint with the Provincial Party Inspection Committee, which then sacked Thinh for "unprofessional" behavior.

It also found that Thinh had flouted the code for Party members, who cannot have more than two children, by having four.

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