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Doctor forced to kneel, burn offerings after baby's death at Shenzhen hospital

Police detain 12 people over the incident, which also involved medical staff being physically abused

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2016, 1:54pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2016, 2:20pm

A doctor from a southern Chinese city was forced to kneel down and burn offerings of joss papers by the angry relatives of a dead child he had been treating for a chest infection.

Police from Longgang district in Shenzhen said they had detained 12 people at Pinghu People’s Hospital in the city in Guangdong province on Monday after they reportedly pushed and hit medical staff at the hospital.

A social media post by Longgang police also confirmed they were investigating the matter

The 10-month-old boy, identified only by his family name, Wang, died on Sunday at Shenzhen Children’s Hospital, police said in the post.

The child had been transferred there from Pinghu People’s Hospital after his condition had worsened.

The family and relatives of the boy then went to the foyer of Pinghu People’s Hospital on Monday to burn joss papers as offerings.

They also held up a banner that claimed, “Unscrupulous doctor has taken a [child’s] life”.

A video filmed inside Pinghu People’s Hospital, which was shared on mainland social media, showed the doctor that had earlier treated the infant kneeling down on the floor of the foyer while burning joss papers.

At one point, the doctor was also forced to hold up the photograph of the child while kneeling down.