Public hospitals in the southern province of Dong Nai are facing a brain drain with many doctors moving into the private sector due to more attractive salaries. Last year, 97 doctors at public hospitals in Dong Nai left their jobs, including 20 from Thong Nhat General Hospital, 32 from Dong Nai General Hospital, eight from Dong Nai Paediatrics Hospital. Among those, 23 are post-graduates. Dong Nai General Hospital In 2017, local public hospitals in Dong Nai saw the same number of doctors who stopped working. So far this year, 18 doctors have stopped working at the province’s public hospitals. Most of them have moved to private hospitals due to better wages. “The situation has reached an alarming level,” said Director of the provincial Department of Health Phan Huy Anh Vu. Le Thi Phuong Tram, deputy director of Dong Nai General Hospital, said that the hospital has 300 doctors and medical staff with the average salary of VND9-15 million (USD391-652) per month. … [Read more...] about Dong Nai state-owned hospitals face brain drain
It was nearly 7 p.m. on September 26 when some divisions in HCMC Justice Department were still bright. Inside, leaders and staff were reading and handling documents. Work volume at the agency increased by 9-63 percent in the first half this year but a number of staff have quited. Deputy director of the agency Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh says that many quitters are qualified and well meet work requirements so their leave has affected the agency’s operation. Fourteen positions at the agency are vacant now. Human reource shortage has also raised difficulites for the court industry. Tribunal president of HCMC People’s Court Ung Thi Xuan Huong said that since 2016 the number of complex cases has kept moving up hitting 56,000 in 2016, 57,000 in 2017 and 49,000 in the first half this year. Some cases saw up to 70-80 defendants and 200 involved such as Pham Cong Danh case. The number of cases in HCMC accounts for one fourth of the country but the city has faced shortage of both judges … [Read more...] about Brain drain in government agencies public servants must work overtime
At HCMC Social Insurance Agency, average income approximates VND6-8 million a person a month despite huge work volume and heavy pressure. For the last three years, about 200 civil servants and officials have quitted. In 2017 alone, 47 people resigned their jobs, the number has reached 26 this year. Director of the agency Phan Van Men said that low wage and high work pressure forced many to quit. HCMC Department of Justice has applied many solutions but failed to prevent their employees from moving to other working places. Recently, a well performing female worker suddenly quitted. Both director of the agency and head of Organization Division have met and talked to convince her to stay. In the final, they gave up after understanding her situation in which a relative of her has been ill while her income was insufficient to cover treatment costs. So she decided to move to work for a non-state enterprise which pays much higher than the wage of the agency’s leader with seniority of … [Read more...] about Heavy workload, low wage cause brain drain in HCMC government agencies
Trương Nguyện Thành. — Photo Hoa Sen University A professor at Hoa Sen University in HCM City who shot to fame when he taught a class on innovation wearing a pair of shorts has come up short at the hand of some bureaucrats’ rigid interpretation of regulations. The professor, also famous for encouraging students to think outside the box, was chosen to fill the vacant position of the university’s chancellor by its board of directors, but the municipal education department vetoed the move, citing a “lack of experience”. Dr. Trương Nguyện Thành has since decided to part ways with the university, returning to a position he held earlier in a prestigious school in the United States. The relevant rule being cited from the Law on Higher Education says that a candidate must hold a doctoral degree and have at least five years of experience in a management position, either as faculty dean or the head of a … [Read more...] about Do we want to reverse or advance our brain drain?
VietNamNet Bridge – Public hospitals are facing a “brain drain” with many doctors and pharmacists moving to private health facilities attracted by their high salaries. A patient at a hospital in Dong Nai Province. Many doctors at public hospitals in the province have quit due to low salaries. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Xuan They include many working as department heads and deputy heads at province-level hospitals. Since last year 131 doctors and pharmacists at public hospitals in Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces alone put in their papers. The Dong Nai Health Department said 108 doctors have quite public health units. Meanwhile, the Binh Phuoc Department of Health said 23 doctors have quit, all because they expected better salaries. Besides, they were unhappy with the facilities at their hospitals, they said. A doctor who had been working at the Binh Phuoc General Hospital since 1997 before quitting recently told Tuoi Tre that he had moved because the salary … [Read more...] about Lure of lucre: Public hospitals face brain drain