Ex-deputy health minister faces disciplinary action

By Hoang Thuy   December 2, 2021 | 04:03 am PT
Ex-deputy health minister faces disciplinary action
Former Deputy Health Minister Cao Minh Quang. Photo by VTV
The Communist Party's Central Inspection Commission has called for disciplinary action against former deputy health minister Cao Minh Quang for violations committed at the ministry.

The violations were committed in the 2016-2021 period, the commission said at its meeting held November 29-December 1.

Quang was a member of the ministry’s Party Committee as well as its Party Civil Affairs Committee.

The ministry's civil affairs committee violated the Communist Party principles and been negligent in management, allowing the health ministry, the Drug Administration of Vietnam and other units and individuals to violate Party regulations and the law, according to inspection committee.

Violations occurred in policymaking regarding the import and sale of drugs and medical equipment, it said.

Such violations have resulted in severe damage to national property and the health insurance fund, undermining the Party’s guidelines, the state’s policies and reputation of the medical field, among other adverse impacts.

The Party's Politburo earlier issued a warning to former Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien while former deputy health minister Truong Quoc Cuong is being investigated for his involvement in a counterfeit cancer drug case.

Quang preceded Cuong as head of the Drug Administration of Vietnam. He was found to have played a role in wrongdoings related to the drug case that involved the purchase of 838,000 packets of the fake drug Health 2000 Canada, worth over VND54 billion ($2.3 million), for import to Vietnam.

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