Former Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (Photo: VNA)
–The Politburo and the Secretariat of the
Party Central Committee have decided to issue disciplinary
warnings against the Party delegation at the Ministry of Public Health in the
2016-2021 tenure, and former Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.
The decision was made at a meeting of the Politburo
and the Secretariat chaired by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in
Hanoi on November 19.
The Politburo and the Secretariat said the Party
delegation at the Health Ministry had violated the Party’s operational principles and working
regulations of Party delegations, showed a lack of responsibility and relaxed
its leadership, resulting in the Health Ministry, the Drug Administration, many
medical establishments and individuals violating the Party’s rules and State
laws on licensing the import and purchase of drugs and medical equipment, and
setting up medical joint ventures and cooperation.
Those violations have caused serious consequences
along with losses and waste of the State’s money and assets, and damage to the
health insurance fund, thus affecting the prestige of Party organisations and
the health sector.
For Tien, the Politburo and the Secretariat said in
her capacity as Secretary of the Party delegation, Secretary of the Party
Committee of the Health Ministry, and Minister of Health, she had to bear the
main responsibility and a leader's responsibility for the violations and wrongdoings committed by the Party
delegation to the ministry in the 2016-2021 tenure, and the Standing Board of the ministry's Party
Committee in the 2015-2020 tenure.
Tien was also dismissed from the position of head of
the Board of Healthcare Services for Senior Officials.
At the meeting, the Politburo also decided disciplinary
measures against Truong Quoc Cuong, member of the Party delegation at the Health Ministry, Deputy
Health Minister (from November 21, 2016 till now), and Secretary of the Party
Committee and head of the Drug Administration in the 2010-2015 and 2015-2020
The Politburo and the Secretariat said Cuong shared
the responsibility for violations and wrongdoings of the Health Ministry’s
Party delegation in the 2016-2021 tenure. He himself violated the Party's principles and regulations, relaxed leadership and neglected supervision resulting in many law violations in licensing medicines, causing very serious consequences. He was also subjected to criminal prosecution. Therefore, he was expelled from the
The Politburo reprimanded the Party delegation at the
People’s Committee of the northern province of Ha Nam for 2016-2021 tenure, and
issued a warning against Nguyen Xuan Dong, former Vice Secretary of the
provincial Party Committee, former Secretary of the Party delegation and former
Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee in the same tenure.
Meanwhile, Dinh Van An, member of the provincial
Party Committee for 2015-2020 tenure, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee
and Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade (from November
2018 till September 2020), was dismissed from the position of member of the Standing Board of
the provincial Party Committee for 2020-2025 tenure./.