The 5th Forum on Hospitals opened in Hanoi on February 23 with over 120 delegates from international and domestic healthcare organisations taking part.

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the German Agency for Development Cooperation, this annual event aims to help the Vietnamese government to raise the quality of the country’s medical services.

At the event, the delegates focused on three main topics including hospital finances, quality management and the safe use of medicines.

Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the MOH’s Health Examination and Treatment Department said that at present, many hospitals are overcrowded with patients, while short of specialists and adequate standards in quality management.

He also urged the healthcare sector to draw up a set of standards for examining and identifying diseases and the necessary treatments needed as well as introducing better quality assessment in hospitals, prioritising the training of staff in quality management and promoting the application of information technology in quality management./.