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Clinic fined for giving unlicensed IVF services

A JOINT-VENTURE clinic was fined for providing in vitro fertilization services without a permit and hiring unlicensed maternity staffers, the Shanghai Health Bureau said on its website yesterday.

Sino-US WorldPath Clinic International in Pudong New Area has had more than 2 million yuan (US$317,460) in illicit income confiscated. It was warned and fined although the bureau declined to reveal the amount.

The hospital also had eight points revoked. In Shanghai, a health facility will be shut down if it loses 18 points in one year.

The bureau also warned WorldPath officials and doctors about the illegal practice, which puts patients at risk.

According to the website, the bureau investigated the clinic after receiving reports and found the clinic started to offer IVF services in March 2011.

The clinic opened in 2009 and specializes in gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, plastic surgery and health checkups, according to its website.

A WorldPath marketing department official, identified by the surname Zhu, declined to speak to Shanghai Daily. Service staff at the clinic doing phone consultations said WorldPath has never provided IVF services.

The bureau said health authorities will tighten supervision of IVF services in the city and require hospitals to adopt stricter self-discipline.

The bureau's website also released a list of eight hospitals authorized to provide IVF services in the city.

About 10 to 15 percent of couples suffer infertility and a big proportion of them try in vitro fertilization, said doctor Duan Tao, president of Shanghai No.1 Maternity and Child Health Hospital.


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