Vietnamese doctor faces disciplinary action for disobeying transfer orders

He has twice refused to be transferred to new positions, one of which being director of a public hospital

The Ca Mau Hospital of Traditional Medicine is seen in a file photo. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A doctor in Vietnam who was last year warned for refusing to be appointed director of a public hospital is now facing another disciplinary action after he failed to show up at a new workplace.

Doctor Tang Xuan Dinh was deputy director of the Ca Mau General Hospital in Ca Mau Province in December 2016, when he received an order from the provincial health department requiring him to take up a new post as director of a district-level public hospital located in a rural area.

Dinh refused to comply with the appointment, citing his ‘inexperience’ in management and his wish to focus on professional work at the general hospital.

“Being a director entails watching over all of the hospital’s operations, which I’m not trained to do,” the doctor said.

“In addition, my family lives in Ca Mau City so it would be inconvenient for me to commute to work every day in the rural district of Cai Nuoc.”

The doctor’s resistance got him in hot water and ended up earning him an official warning from the provincial Department of Health, which oversees the operations of all local public hospitals.

In August 2017, four months after receiving his first disciplinary action, Dinh was transferred to the Ca Mau Hospital of Traditional Medicine, where he was required to show up to take on a specific duty.

However, the doctor has since refused to show up for work without any explanation, according to the hospital’s directorial board.

Tran Van Viet, director of the Ca Mau Hospital of Traditional Medicine, said on Monday it had initiated disciplinary procedures against Dinh for his disobedience.

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