There are signs that group interests played a part in the ministry’s decision making
Vietnam’s state inspectorate announced on Thursday that it plans to open an investigation into allegations of the self-financing and mismanagement of several construction projects undertaken by the Ministry of Health.
The inspection will last in 70 days and attempt to uncover any misdeeds by the ministry during 2013-16 period, according to the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam.
Self-financing is a scheme in which Vietnamese state entities fund operations by generating their own income, rather than acquiring capital from the state.
The inspection will also focus on the ministry’s management of two key hospitals constructed by the health ministry, namely the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital and the 175 Hospital, according to the state inspectorate.
Between 2013 and 2016 the Ministry of Health built five hospitals – two in the northern province of Ha Nam and three in Ho Chi Minh City.
The two clinics to be inspected have reported tardy construction, according to the inspectorate.
There is also verified information suggesting that the ministry violated the law on self-financing through insurance and the use of equipment and healthcare services funded by the private sector at several public hospitals.
These activities have sparked outrage from the public for their apparent connection to the ministry’s group interests.
“The health ministry is required to cooperate with state inspectors and provide necessary information and documents to serve the inspection,” Dang Cong Huan, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam, said.