Two doctors in eastern China escaped with a six-month
suspension after they were found responsible for allowing
unlicensed medical personnel to treat a baby girl who subsequently
died from an incorrect diagnosis.
The Ministry of Health on Monday announced the
punishments for Xu Kaiben, the head of pediatrics at the People's
Hospital of Guangde County in Anhui Province, and one of his
deputies, Yi Shaoxiang, in a circular issued nationwide.
"The crackdown on unlicensed practicing and faulty
hospital management has been going on for two years, but some
medical institutes and local government health departments have
failed to effectively carry out the ban, harming people's interests
and tainting the image of the health sector," the circular
The ministry ordered localities to "strictly punish"
the people who ignored the ban.
On May 5, 2006, a baby girl named Ouyang Siyu was
admitted to the Guangde hospital. She died in hospital that night
after being diagnosed with flu and put on a drip. The results of
the autopsy, which was insisted on by the parents, showed that the
baby actually suffered from a heart problem and died of an overdose
of drip infusions, the official China Central Television (CCTV)
earlier reported. The report sparked a public outcry.
"Three out of the five doctors treating Ouyang did not
have a practitioner's licence," the circular said.
Xu Kaiben failed to show up to operate on the baby
girl and took two days to sign the prescriptions made by Zhou
Shaoli, an unlicensed medical school graduate who was allowed to
treat Ouyang without any other doctors present, the circular
Yi Shaoxiang, Xu's deputy, was partly responsible for
Ouyang's death as he made an incorrect diagnosis of the girl, it
Further investigations found three other doctors and
two nurses in Guangde hospital practicing without a license, the
circular said. They were not related to Ouyang's case. The fate of
the unlicensed medical practitioners was not revealed in the
The hospital was fined 5,000 yuan and the local
government was urged to punish the president of the
(Xinhua News Agency March 20, 2007)