Doctors at upscale French hospital lack Vietnam permits

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Many doctors at the upscale French-owned FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City are working without valid local practice licenses, inspectors with the HCMC Department of Health said Saturday.

The news came on the heels of a scandal where a patient died because of alleged wrong diagnosis at the hospital.

According to the inspectors, most of the unlicensed doctors were French, and others include Americans and Filippinos, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

The doctors had professional qualifications granted by their countries and labor licenses in Vietnam, but they did not have licenses granted by Vietnam's Ministry of Health to practice medicine in the country, the inspectors found.

These doctors have been working at the FV Hospital for one to two years.

Notably, one of the doctors who lacks the locally granted license to practice is Gerard Desvignes, who is the medical director at the hospital.

The HCMC health fepartment has ordered the unlicensed doctors to stop practicing until they obtain the permits.

The FV Hospital recently got embroiled in a scandal in which the family of a 57-year-old man claimed that he had died on August 11 as a result of a misdiagnosis by FV doctors.

Mai Trung Kien was rushed to FV with symptoms of appendicitis on August 8. Two days after Dr. Le Duc Tuan performed a two-hour appendectomy, Kien complained of chest and abdominal pains.

The family said that FV doctors failed to conduct any scans. Instead, they tested Kien's blood and diagnosed him with a heart attack.

Kien was then transferred to Tam Duc, a famous private cardiology hospital, where doctors determined that his appendix had burst.

He was not, in fact, suffering from a heart attack. He was then taken back to FV where he died.

Test results released by the HCMC health department on August 29 said the patient died of shock from internal bleeding after the surgery.

The FV Hospital has accepted responsibility for Kien's death, but the case has not yet been settled as the family and the hospital have not reached agreement on compensation.

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