All of the country's private hospitals and staff have received operating and working licences, compared to 73-95 percent of staff at public hospitals, a representative of the Ministry of Health said April 13 at the 10th plenary session of the National Assembly's Social Affairs Committee held in Ho Chi Minh City.

"There are more than 257,000 people who need to have working licences in the medical sector nationwide, along with 1,200 public hospitals, 169 private hospitals, 30,000 individual clinics, 232 antenatal clinics and 11,800 medical stations," Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen said.

In 2012, the Health Ministry set up a database system to manage the granting of working and operating licences. Since then, the system has updated profiles of 200,000 people working in the sector.

"In the future, the Ministry will grant working licences through the internet to create the most favourable conditions for people to work in the field," Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said.

At the session, National Assembly delegates discussed the State's management of granting licences and the need to find qualified human resources, particularly people who will work in rural and remote areas.

They also discussed the granting of licences for medical stations in various industries, Eastern medicine clinics, and clinics working with military and civil units.

"The most difficult aspect about granting working licences in the healthcare sector is the limitation of human resources at provincial health departments," Minister Tien added.

She explained that a new sub-department for management will be created.

"A legal framework for granting licences is nearly completed," she said.

Truong Thi Mai, chairwoman of the committee, suggested that the Ministries of Health and Defence should work together and issue temporary solutions to complete the granting of operation and career licences for all clinics working with military and civil units before January 1, 2016.-VNA