'Doctor death' interns case causes outrage

08:16, November 05, 2009      

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A CCTV report accusing the renowned Peking University First Hospital of "illegal medical practice" by allowing interns to practice as doctors, and who allegedly caused the death of a medical professor at the hospital, has provoked heated public debate.

The Ministry of Health had to step in last night, issuing a statement on its website, saying that medical students and interns can be involved in clinical practice as long as they are under the supervision of licensed doctors, according to the relevant laws and regulations.

The ministry stressed that so-called "illegal medical practice" does not apply to the medical students and interns, as their practicing is part of medical education activities, "not formal clinical practice."

The ministry also ordered the city's health authority to carry out a strict investigation into the alleged interns' unlicensed practice, and publicize the result.

Xiong Zhuowei, 49, a medical professor with the hospital in Beijing, died in 2006, just seven days after a surgery on her backbone that the hospital claimed was "successful," CCTV reported Tuesday.

Li Chunde, director of the Department of Orthopedics at the hospital, performed the operation, it said.

The hospital said Xiong died following a pulmonary embolism, a blockage of the main artery of the lungs, which can happen after bone surgery.
Three unlicensed interns, Duan Hongzhou, Yu Zhengrong and Xiao Jiantao, were found to have participated in the emergency resuscitation of the professor, CCTV reported.

Hu Shengshou, dean of the Fuwai Hospital for Cardiovascular Disease, who also participated in the resuscitation attempt, told CCTV that the three unlicensed doctors were not capable of resuscitating Xiong.

Medical records show three of Xiong's ribs were fractured while her heart and liver were punctured during the emergency treatment, according to CCTV.

Beijing Xicheng District People's Court, in a first ruling on July 1, said the hospital was responsible for Xiong's death. A second ruling is pending today, according to the hospital.

After CCTV's program was broadcast Tuesday, the story appeared in newspapers and websites across the country, bringing about heated discussion on the practice of the Beijing hospital. Strait News, a Fujian-based newspaper, even termed the medical students "killers."

In response to the nationwide attention, the hospital issued a statement on its website Wednesday, accusing CCTV of being "shameless."

"CCTV's report is inaccurate and has severely damaged the hospital's reputation, resulting in gross social impact," the statement said. "The hospital strongly condemns CCTV's shameless behavior."

Source:Global Times

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