Health minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến during a Q&A session at the National Assembly. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — With 82 per cent approval, the National Assembly on Friday afternoon agreed to remove the incumbent health minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến from her post as she has reached the legal retirement age of 60. Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến, born in 1959 in the central province of Hà Tĩnh, is the only female minister serving in the administration of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. She took over the role as health chief in 2011 – a position frequently deemed to be a ‘hot seat’ along with education and transport. She was receiving increasing votes of confidence by the National Assembly through the years as the NA gauged the assessment of the lawmakers on cabinet members. Her reform efforts included raising hospital fees, a controversial decision but many said helped to uplift the dreaded state of public hospitals in the country – suffering from crumbling infrastructure due to lack of funding, bad attitude from doctors and staff towards patients, and feeble medical services – issues that persisted long before her tenure. In an interview with local media, she said during the… Read full this story
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