China to Probe Claims of Malpractice Among Cancer Doctors at Dozens of Hospitals

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China’s top health authority has launched an investigation into alleged medical malpractice after an online whistleblower accused doctors from dozens of hospitals of “mass misconduct” in their treatment of cancer patients resulting in higher death rates.

The National Health Commission (NHC) announced (link in Chinese) Monday that it had “immediately launched an investigation” to verify the issues highlighted by the allegations.

Zhang Yu, who identifies himself as an oncologist at Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing, on Sunday posted online charges of “mass of misconduct and a number of unscrupulous doctors” in regard to their treatment of cancer patients.