Managers sacked at Shaanxi hospital after child trafficking allegation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 August, 2013, 4:09am

A number of senior managers at a Shaanxi hospital have been dismissed after one of their maternity doctors allegedly sold a newborn boy after convincing his parents to give him up.

The revelation has led to the discovery of at least six similar incidents involving the hospital, located in Fuping county, the hometown of President Xi Jinping, The Beijing News reported. Other parents have made similar allegations involving the hospital since the news broke. Some cases date back to 2006.

At least five families have come forward to give blood samples that may be used to identify trafficked children as their own. Police found the boy from the latest incident in neighbouring Henan yesterday, the newspaper reported.

So far, three high-ranking managers of the Fuping Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, including director Wang Li and two deputy directors, have been dismissed, the News reported. Police said the doctor in question, gynaecologist Zhang Suxia , was detained on Friday, but it was unclear if she had been removed from her post. Also detained were a man and woman who allegedly bought the boy from the doctor and resold him.

After being found in Henan, the boy was reportedly taken back to Shaanxi for a DNA test.

Parents were allegedly misled by medical staff into believing that their children had congenital diseases. Zhang allegedly told the parents of the child born on July 16 that he would be a financial burden on the family, and the parents were charged 100 yuan (HK$125) to give up the child, and they agreed, China Business News reported.

Zhang is suspected of selling the baby for 21,600 yuan to two accomplices on July 17. They allegedly sold him for 30,000 yuan, China Youth Daily reported.

Neither Fuping police nor local propaganda authorities could be reached for comment yesterday.

Another woman who has since come forward said she was convinced to abandon her child by a doctor after being told the infant had a cracked vertebrae.

Gao Wenping, head of the hospital's maternity department, was quoted by The Beijing News as saying that maternity doctors did not have the right to urge parents to abandon their children, even if the children were ill.