Medical staff punished for baby death in central Vietnam

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A public hospital in the north-central province of Ha Tinh officially rebuked two doctors and suspended a nurse midwife on Monday for their role in the death of a baby during a delivery on July 30.

Doctor Nguyen Dinh Duong, head of the obstetrics department at Cam Xuyen General Hospital, a district hospital, was rebuked alongside Hoang Cong Thiep, the doctor in charge of the case. Luu Thi Thanh will be suspended 15 days.

The three were held responsible following an investigation by Ha Tinh Health Department that began August 2, following a complaint from the family, news website VnExpress reported.

Pham Thi Hong, 27, was admitted to Cam Xuyen hospital on July 29 and was first examined by Thanh, who reported that she and the embryo were healthy.

Later that night, Hong was in pain but the nurse refused to re-examine her, saying the entrance examination was enough.

The pains continued through the whole night but there were no doctors or nurses in sight.

The next morning, the nurse could not detect the baby's heartbeat and Hong was transferred to the provincial general hospital, where she gave birth to a baby boy who had died before birth, according to doctors.

Cam Xuyen hospital gained notoriety for several delivery deaths in 2011.

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The hospital reported six deaths, including three babies during delivery, between March and August last year.

Duong, the obstetrics department head, was also rebuked last year for his responsibility in the death of a woman and her baby.

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