Gaming doctor 'caused baby's death'
A five-month-old Chinese baby has died in a hospital because his
doctor was busy playing a game online while his condition worsened,
Officials from the Jiangsu provincial health department said that Dr
Mao Xiaojun would be sacked from Nanjing Children's Hospital.The
hospital first said he was working on a thesis but later admitted he was
playing an online game of Go.Parents have been angered by a series of
major health blunders in China."Mao lied to us a few days ago," Li
Shandong, director of health care reform in the Jiangsu provincial
health department, told the state-run China Daily newspaper."He admitted
to playing the game of Go online after our computer experts checked out
evidence on his computer."
He said Dr Mao did not follow hospital regulations and that his
sluggish attitude towards patients led to the boy's death, the China
Daily reported.The baby was taken to Nanjing Children's Hospital on the
afternoon of 3 November with an eye infection.Dr Mao was found to have
ignored the parent's pleas for help when the baby's condition worsened,
a statement from Jiangsu's provincial health department cited by China
The baby died early the next morning from complications caused by the
eye infection, the statement said.
Eleven other hospital employees, including the facility's president
and party chief, will also be punished over the incident, Xinhua news
More than 10,000 lawsuits relating to medical disputes have been
filed in Chinese courts every year since 2002, Xinhua reported.