Cataract scandal: Hospital staff responsible
By Zhou Weirong (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-13 05:48
SHANGHAI: Hospital management staff and an unregistered company that
allegedly sold faulty products should take responsibility for the medical mishap
that resulted in the removal of the eyeballs of nine cataract patients in
Suzhou, East China's Anhui Province, an investigation concluded.
According to a public notice from Suzhou's municipal government, 12
management staff from Suzhou City Hospital and Suzhou Municipal Public Health
Bureau were issued penalties for neglecting their duties and poor management.
Hao Chaochun, chief executive of the hospital who was also the deputy head of
the municipal public health bureau, was removed from all his official posts and
Yang Lijin, head of the public health bureau, was also penalized for
More severe penalties await the key responsible individuals, including the
hospital chief executive.
Xu Qing from No 9 People's Hospital under the medical college of Shanghai
Jiaotong University and the physician who performed the surgical eye operations
will not be severely punished because it is believed that the accidents did not
occur as a result of his technique.
However, Xu is still being held in police custody in Anhui, said Tian
Zhuoping, spokesman from the Shanghai hospital.
The investigation showed that Shanghai Shunchunyang Science and Technology
Trading Co was an unregistered company owned by two individuals posing as
doctors who claimed they could offer the best medical treatment for cataracts.
However, the cornea transplants used to treat the cataract patients were
found to be of poor quality. The faulty medical service came about as an illegal
co-operation between the Anhui hospital and the unregistered Shanghai company.
(China Daily 01/13/2006 page2)