Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vietnam - FV doctors have no licenses due to interpreters

A number of foreign doctors at France-Vietnam (FV) hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have failed to obtain medical licenses granted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health because their interpreters are unqualified, says Le Thu, the hospital’s marketing director.

Thu explained that under existing Vietnamese laws, foreign doctors will not be granted medical licenses if their interpreters do not have medical interpreting certificates issued by concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, overseas Vietnamese doctors also have yet to get certificates of mastering Vietnamese in diagnosis and treatment, she added.

The director confirmed with Tuoi Tre that inspectors from the city’s Department of Health have recently requested that some foreign doctors without licenses at the hospital stop practicing medicine until they are allowed.

The doctors have been administratively fined for this violation.

Thu claimed the hospital has closely followed this order.

Most of the unlicensed doctors are French nationals, but some of them also come from the US and the Philippines, the health inspectors told Tuoi Tre.

Among them is Dr. Gerard Desvignes, who has been appointed as the hospital’s medical director.

The doctors have been working at the hospital for one or two years, they said.

The unlicensed doctors have work permits granted by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and medical certificates issued in their homelands, a source said.


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