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Rich Shaanxi family forces hospital staff to kneel down after patient dies

Updated: 03 May 2012
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Baixin Hospital
A screen image shows An Yahong, the director of the Hengshan Baixin Hospital in Shaanxi, delivering grievances over a patient’s death on behalf of the hospital and asked for forgiveness from the patient's family at the mourning hall on March 16. Photo: sina.com.cn
 
Baixin Hospital
A screen image shows An Yahong, the director of the Hengshan Baixin Hospital in Shaanxi, together with his medical staff, kneeling down on March 16 in the mourning hall of a patient surnamed Yan, whom they failed to save. Photo: sina.com.cn
 
MEDICAL staff of a private hospital in northwestern Shaanxi Province was seen in an online video, kneeling on the floor and bowing to the portrait of a patient who died due to inappropriate treatment.

The patient, surnamed Yan in his 70s, and four family members suffered food poisoning in March and went to the Baixin Hospital in Hengshan County for treatment. But Yan didn't get any better and died in another hospital.

However, Yan's family, which is rich and influential in the county, forced the hospital director, An Yahong, to lead 40 or so medical workers to attend Yan's funeral and ordered the hospital to suspend operation for three months for staff training, China Business News reported today.

Yan's son, who is allegedly a senior manager of a large corporation in Shaanxi told the paper that the hospital had signed an agreement for business suspension and it was agreed "after negotiation rather than coercion."

Gao Bin, a hospital doctor, said, "Yan died after he was transferred to another hospital in Yulin City and there were no conclusion that his death was linked to our treatment."
 
 

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