Doc­tor sus­pended for over­priced in­soles

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG XIAOYU wangx­i­aoyu@ chi­

One of the top hos­pi­tals in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, sus­pended the head of its el­derly re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion depart­ment on Wed­nes­day for his role in the sale of over­priced and in­ef­fec­tive cor­rec­tive in­soles used in­side pa­tients’ shoes.

Jiangsu Prov­ince Hospi­tal said it will con­tinue to probe il­le­git­i­mate med­i­cal prac­tices in re­sponse to re­cent me­dia reports that cast doubt on the hospi­tal’s cred­i­bil­ity.

“We will take a zero-tol­er­ance at­ti­tude to­ward the is­sues re­flected in the news re­port. We will con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pun­ish those in­volved in the case in ac­cor­dance with reg­u­la­tions,” the an­nounce­ment said.

A pair of cor­rec­tive in­soles — priced at 2,650 yuan ($387) by the hospi­tal’s depart­ment of tra­di­tional el­derly re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion — came with a prom­ise of sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments for a wide range of or­tho­pe­dic prob­lems, and were en­dorsed by the depart­ment head, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Tues­day.

The ex­pen­sive in­soles were made by a med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­turer in Nan­jing, which had formed a part­ner­ship with Hu Zhi­hong, head of the depart­ment, by en­rolling him as a tech­nol­ogy ad­viser, Xin­hua said.

Hu has been rec­om­mend­ing


the in­soles to his pa­tients and al­legedly re­ceived about 200 yuan for each pur­chase. In De­cem­ber 2017 alone, about 40 pairs of cor­rec­tive soles were sold through Hu, ac­count­ing for half of the hospi­tal’s monthly prod­uct sales.

Eight other staff mem­bers at the hospi­tal also re­ceived sales com­mis­sions. To­tal prof­its from a pair of such in­soles ex­ceeded 2,000 yuan.

The ba­sic in­soles were bought from an­other com­pany in Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince, for about 260 yuan and had a few sim­ple changes made to puff them up, an in­sole man­u­fac­turer told Xin­hua.

Med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers who pay com­mis­sions to doc­tors are break­ing the law, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial with the mar­ket reg­u­la­tion author­ity in Nan­jing who was quoted by Xin­hua. The of­fi­cial wasn’t named.

Jiangsu Prov­ince Hospi­tal, which was es­tab­lished in 1936, ranks first in the prov­ince and 10th in China as mea­sured by Chi­nese Academy of Med­i­cal Sciences eval­u­a­tions of sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess.

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