(PLO)- At the beginning of the “epidemic season”, the Court once severely punished the former director of the Hanoi CDC and his accomplices to deter and warn; but then the health officials still defied everything, so they had to get their hands on the Viet A test kit case.
After the prosecution and arrest of a series of medical leaders related to the Viet A test kit, recently public opinion has been spread about the confusion of doctors and nurses, no longer in the mood to dedicate; Medical industry leaders hesitated, afraid of public procurement, bidding for drugs and medical supplies. Many people “turned the wheel”, blaming the cause of the inadequacy of the bidding regulations…
Bidding for drugs and medical equipment and supplies was sometimes entangled, but everything was going smoothly until the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long and Chu Ngoc Anh have just been prosecuted and detained in the Viet A case.
Remember, with the requirement of “fighting the epidemic like fighting the enemy”, the health sector at that time urgently accelerated the procurement of medical equipment and supplies to promptly respond to urgent requirements, whether in the “zero COVID” stage or “safely adapting to the epidemic”.
In the face of complicated epidemic situation, people once mentioned appointing contractors or still bidding but must be quick and urgent. But when you do it quickly and urgently, it is difficult to avoid stumbles, omissions, and even mistakes. But for a long time, we have not heard the CDC of any province or city complain or reflect for the competent authorities to remove obstacles.
Looking back now, although we should still evaluate the good and bad in epidemic prevention and control, we still have to admit that at that time the whole country focused and devoted all efforts to prevent the epidemic. The entire political system is involved; the whole medical profession is dedicated; The people of the country obey, respond and support.
What happened today in the Viet A test kit case has shown: The sentences with a total of dozens of years in prison for six defendants in the Hanoi CDC case in the early stages of the fight against the epidemic have not become a stark warning to people who no longer consider the law, no longer know the pain of compatriots in the fight against the epidemic, no longer know where the limit is…
Also in the context that the whole country urgently “fights the epidemic like fighting the enemy”, a case of violation of bidding regulations, causing serious consequences, occurred at CDC Hanoi (fraud, raising prices for testing equipment). And although there are more than 30 CDCs in provinces and cities across the country and many scientists and organizations applying to reduce penalties for Hanoi CDC officials, on June 24, 2021, the High People’s Court in Hanoi still rejected the appeal and affirmed the first-instance judgment against the defendants in this case. In which, defendant Nguyen Nhat Cam (former director of Hanoi CDC, who had 42 Assoc.
The appellate judgment said: The defendants’ acts were very serious, greatly affecting the reputation of state agencies. While the Government and people are focusing on fighting the epidemic, Hanoi CDC officials have not done their assigned tasks but also violated the law, causing damage to the State, so they need to be severely punished for deterrence and general prevention.
Those who follow this case say that the harsh sentence mentioned above is a wake-up call for not only those in the medical profession. But what happened today in the Viet A test kit case has shown: The sentences with a total of dozens of years in prison for six defendants in the Hanoi CDC case in the early stages of fighting the epidemic above have not become a stark warning to people who no longer consider the law, no longer know the pain of compatriots in the fight against the epidemic, no longer know where the limit is…
There will be someone to justify because the Ministry of Health has announced the price of the test kit publicly, so “under” just follow it. The information about this case does mean that, but if there is no “commission”, if 20% of Viet A’s revenue is not spent on the leaders, will you sign and accept to buy their test kit (without buying from other units) or not?!
Legally, even though they know that there is no legally effective judgment against them, the crime they are prosecuted for is not only violating the bidding regulations, causing serious consequences. Many of the 60 defendants were prosecuted for embezzlement, taking bribes, taking advantage of positions and powers while performing official duties… – crimes that are read out very easily related to personal pockets and money.
Taking advantage of the raging epidemic, despite the fact that the whole country is struggling against the epidemic, despite the fact that colleagues are not afraid of danger on the front lines…, the accused in the Viet A case should be considered and handled as a “big surgery” so that the body of the medical profession is healthy and strong, so that true doctors can rest assured in their work and dedication to life. That’s what people all over the country have been waiting for.
Of course, the inadequacies and gaps in the legal regulations on bidding for drugs and medical supplies (if any) also need to be reviewed and revised to create a safe legal corridor for those who do the right thing, while preventing waste and loss of public property. In addition, building mechanisms and policies so that no one wants to be corrupt, no one needs to be corrupt and no one dares to be corrupt… is a common problem that the State needs to take into account, not only for the medical profession.
Sunshine after the rain. In the eyes of the people, the medical team is always loved and respected – both before, during the COVID-19 pandemic and now!