A Beijing paramilitary hospital under fire for outsourcing medical care to a dubious private organisation has stopped its services for new patients. The No 2 Hospital of the Beijing Armed Police Corps had by Wednesday suspended until further notice all services for new patients, including outpatient treatment and admissions. It will continue to serve existing patients, but those who leave or enter must have a permit from their ward. Baidu scandal: spotlight on China military hospitals’ outsourcing practice after young man’s cancer death The suspension comes after an outcry over the death last month of 21-year-old cancer patient Wei Zexi, who had sought treatment at the hospital’s Biological Treatment Centre for oncology. Wei had said online that he spent 200,000 yuan (HK$239,000) on the unsuccessful experimental treatment after it topped a Baidu search result for his cancer. The hospital paid to get prominent listings on Baidu, and the internet watchdog is looking into the placement of sponsored health-care providers in its search results. China launches probe into Baidu over paid search listings after student dies following cancer treatment sourced online The operation of the treatment centre was outsourced to Shanghai Kangxin hospital management company, which was started by people from Putian in Fujian province in 2003, according to media reports. In the 1980s, Putian became infamous after entrepreneurs from the city started offering private health care services. They later worked with public hospitals, hiring their own doctors, some of whom lacked proper training. The State Council banned public hospitals from outsourcing departments in 2010, and one year later, the PLA General Logistics Department banned military-affiliated hospitals from doing the same. But some hospitals – such as the one Wei went to – managed to skirt the ban. News portal QQ.com leaked a phone conversation from last year between executives of Shanghai Claison Biotechnology, the service provider of the treatment centre. Kangxin and Claison were operated by the same people, it said. The hospital president allegedly received one million yuan to renew the contract. China’s probe into Baidu highlights concerns over firm’s dominance of internet searches The company has worked with more than 80 military hospitals, the Chengdu Commercial Daily reported, citing Chen Yuanfa, a former Kangxin shareholder. Chen fell out with top management, and began leaking company records. One document claims Kangxin earned 1.4 billion yuan of revenue in 2012 from outsourced practices in 67 hospitals.