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Doctors' deaths spur call for new law

Medical networks have urged the government to roll out a law regulating working conditions for medical staff after the deaths of several doctors were linked to their heavy workloads and poor working environment.Read more  ...

Mothers giving birth in Vientiane hospitals still at risk

Mothers giving birth in Vientiane hospitals still face a risk of death similar to local community healthcare centres due to medical staff’s lack of ability and treatment experience, according to an expert. Medical professionals should take new steps to expand and improve national obstetrics and ...

Safety stepped up after sexual attack on Bueng Kan hospital worker

A sexual assault on a female official at a small state-run hospital has raised concerns about the safety of health workers. The female nurse was physically and sexually molested by a teenager who turned up at a tambon-level health promotion hospital in Bueng Kan province at ...

Patients waiting for organ transplants face shortages

Thousands of patients in Thailand are now on a life-or-death waiting list, praying every day with their family members for an organ transplant. Despite increasingly advanced medical technology, their vital surgeries cannot take place without an act of kindness from fellow humans. “One organ donor can ...

Tougher healthcare oversight ordered

Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến on March 20 urged inspectors from the central to grassroots levels to ensure that fines are handed out for violations of healthcare service regulations. The total amount of fines last year was only VNĐ7 billion (US$307,000), she said, adding ...

Indonesia's Siloam plans to double number of hospitals

Indonesia’s Siloam International Hospitals aims to double the number of its hospitals to 50 by 2019. The country’s largest hospital operator expects to expand into remote areas, including the island of New Guinea, now that a universal health care system has been introduced, allowing low-income ...

Nursing students happy with govt’s deal

The Nursing University Student’s Union got most of what they had demanded from the government after negotiating with the Ministry of Health and Sports last week. NUSU member Ma Kay Khine Tun said 80 percent of what they wanted was agreed by the ministry following ...

Ministry to hear out nursing students

The Ministry of Health and Sports will talk to nursing students who staged a protest on March 15, its permanent secretary Dr Thet Khaing Win said. He said the ministry would negotiate with the students until their problems were settled. “We will discuss until they are ...

Quảng Nam struggles to hire doctors

The central province of Quảng Nam is struggling to recruit doctors for public hospitals and clinics because of low pay and tough working conditions. At the General Hospital in the tourist hotspot of Hội An City, there are not enough doctors to serve local patients, ...

Pharmacies selling unregulated drugs to face legal action

Pharmacies in seven townships in the Mandalay district area found to be selling unlicensed and expired drugs will face severe action, including the closure of their stores, under a proposal submitted by the Food and Drug Administration (Mandalay branch) to the Mandalay regional government. The proposal ...

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