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Protests not a factor as Raffles Hospital opens new Vietnam office

Singapore-listed healthcare provider opens a Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, despite recent fiery anti-China protests.

SINGAPORE: Raffles Hospital announced on Friday (May 23) the opening of its Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, to help facilitate Vietnamese patients who wish to travel to Singapore for healthcare services.

The announcement came a week after anti-China protests turned deadly last week, with the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong among the places damaged in the riots. Protesters were angry over China's oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea also claimed by Vietnam.

Ms Foo Min Meng, deputy director for Hospital Marketing at Raffles Hospital, told Channel NewsAsia that the protests were not a factor in the decision to open an office in Vietnam, which had been made "some time ago" in view of the increasing number of patients coming from the country. 

"There has been no impact to the patient flow as a result of the protests," Ms Foo said.

Singapore companies in Vietnam yesterday echoed her confidence in the country, saying it is business as usual for them. On the same day, Channel NewsAsia announced it will be opening its 14th bureau in Vietnam.

In a statement, the Singapore Exchange-listed healthcare provider Raffles Hospital said it had a strong network of clients in the country and the new office is its commitment to providing "quality service" to them.

The office is at The Landmark Building in Ho Chi Minh City, and will offer information on the services available at Raffles Hospital and provide services such as booking of appointments, flight reservations and arranging accommodations in Singapore for those travelling there, it said.

"Vietnam is an important source of patients for Raffles Hospital. By opening a Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, we can reach out to our Vietnamese patients in a timely manner," said Ms Foo.

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