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Illegal doctor, dentist caught in swoop

AN unlicensed doctor and dentist were nabbed by health officials in Baoshan District yesterday as part of a campaign targeting illegal medical practices.
It is a three-way initiative, with police and urban management officials also involved in the crackdown.
So far this year, about 40 illegal doctors with repeated offences have been caught by city health supervision agencies and transferred to police.
Under a new definition of criminal cases involving illegal medical practitioners and clinics issued by the Supreme Court in May last year, offenders can be sent to police after being caught twice.
Previously, only those whose actions resulted in a patient's death faced criminal charges.
Illegal doctors now face criminal charges for causing disability, organ damage, the spread of severe infectious diseases, using fake medicine or substandard medical appliances and continuing practice after being punished by health authorities.
Zhang Guanglei, from central China's Henan Province, opened a clinic in Baoshan's Hejian Village this year.
His small clinic, with medicine and appliances piled together in unhygienic conditions, was shut by health officials yesterday afternoon.
Officials found dozens of packages of drugs and antibiotics. One man suffering from a cold was receiving an intravenous drip on the bed.
Zhang claimed he learned medicine and practised in his hometown. He admitted he had no doctor's license.
The patient, also from Henan, said he was prescribed the medicine from a local hospital and used Zhang's clinic for intravenous treatment as he was charged only 3 yuan (44 US cents).
Zhang was taken to the health agency office for further investigation.
Jiangxi Province native Hou Changsheng was yesterday caught practising dentistry without a license in Baoshan District. Hou was taken to the agency office for inquiries.
City health authorities yesterday asked residents to alert them of any suspicious medical practice.


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