In 2012, after the pharmacist, Tran Thi Kieu Oanh, denounced the head of the department, Doan Duc Loat, and several employees, for disturbing the patients by asking for bribes, inspectors from the local Department of Health investigated the case.
However, Oanh thought the investigation was not transparent and the inspectors were protecting Loat, so she continued by bringing the case to higher authorities.
As of May 20, 2012, the provincial inspection commission proved the truth of Oanh’s accusations. Loat and other employees also took bribes from customers and patients to fake documents for preferential policies for invalids or wounded soldiers. Furthermore, Loat and his accomplices were accused of stealing hundreds of millions from the budget.
Oanh was then honoured on VTV’s channel 9. However, after carrying out the brave action, Oanh had to undergo the wrath of her co-workers. She was hit on the head with a chair in June 2012 and then in early 2013, she was beaten by a guard.
On the other hand, Loat and other employees were only reprimanded. As a result, Oanh was forced to quit by Loat but the Ministry of Health made him withdraw the decision. In early 2012, Loat was ready to fire Oanh again and again had to withdraw his decision after Oanh filed a complaint.
The third time Oanh received the notice of termination was in April 2013. Things only quieted down after the intervention by the Deputy Prime Minister, but Oanh is still threatened with losing her job.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen now– they seem determined to fire me.” she said.
On August 29, leaders of the medical examination department announced at an internal meeting that Oanh damaged Loat’s reputation by violating labour laws and giving wrong information to the media. Therefore, they officially fired Oanh.
Oanh said, “I have studied and worked very hard. But now I’m fired for pointing out wrongdoings.”
She said she will bring the case to the Prime Minister.