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Doctor sacked after inquiry into baby's death

A DOCTOR in east China's Jiangsu Province has been fired after a new investigation into a five-month-old baby's death found he was playing computer games at work and his dereliction of duty had resulted in the girl's death.

Mao Xiaojun, of Nanjing Children's Hospital, also had his doctor's license disqualified, today's Yangtse Evening News reported.

The hospital's principal Fang Ruping has been given a demerit and its Party Secretary Jin Funian was given a serious warning, according to Ding Haiyang, disciplinary committee secretary with Nanjing Public Health Bureau.

Ding had headed the independent inquiry team which overturned previous findings that supported the doctor.

The new inquiry reviewed hospital videos and checked computer records to find the doctor had been playing computer games the night the baby was hospitalized with a severe eye infection on November 3, the report said.

The baby's parents repeatedly asked the doctor to help but he made only three visits to the sick infant instead of checking her condition every 30 minutes as required, the inquiry found.

The baby died the following day. The independent inquiry said the earlier hospital probe had exonerated Mao because he had two relatives working as senior officials in the hospital and the city's health bureau, Ding told a press conference yesterday.


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