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Ho Chi Minh City hospital cries for help following repeated assaults on medical workers

Ho Chi Minh City hospital cries for help following repeated assaults on medical workers

Thursday, December 07, 2023, 14:56 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City hospital cries for help following repeated assaults on medical workers
A medical worker of District 7 Hospital’s emergency department is assaulted by a patient’s family member in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

The leadership of District 7 Hospital in the namesake district in Ho Chi Minh City has sought local police’s help as patients’ family members have repeatedly assaulted its employees.

Nguyen The Vu, director of the hospital, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the hospital had formally contacted the district police, urging them to investigate and take appropriate legal action against those responsible for the attacks on medical workers.

This move is aimed at putting a stop to such assaults not only on District 7 Hospital's staff but also on medical personnel in general.

The hospital has reported a disturbing pattern of assaults on its medical staff by intoxicated family members of patients.

In a recent incident, the hospital received an emergency call on Sunday at around 5:00 pm, requesting the transport of a patient from an eatery on Street No. 47 in Tan Quy Ward, District 7.

The patient had reportedly blacked out and fallen in the eatery's restroom.

Enraged when asked to assist in moving the patient, the family members verbally assaulted the medical workers, shouting, "Why don't you do it yourself?"

As the team attempted to transfer the patient, one family member retaliated by kicking a medical worker in the back.

The hospital filed a formal police report with the Tan Phu Ward authorities in District 7.

On November 22 at 11:15 pm, a 50-year-old patient named N.T.T., residing in Tan Quy Ward, was rushed to the hospital after a fall.

When a doctor politely requested the patient's family member leave the room for a minor surgical procedure, the individual refused and verbally abused the doctor.

Forced to suspend the operation and exit the room, the doctor was pursued and struck in the face by the family member. The incident was immediately reported to local authorities.

In response to these alarming incidents, District 7 Hospital has proposed increased police support for healthcare facilities facing similar situations.

The hospital has also reported the assaults to the municipal Department of Health and the 115 Emergency Center, seeking enhanced protections for medical staff.

Dr. Nguyen Duy Long, director of the 115 Emergency Center, expressed his outrage to Tuoi Tre over the repeated assaults on medical workers and urged prompt police intervention upon receiving reports from healthcare facilities.

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Thanh Ha - Hoang Loc - Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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