China closes 5,000 illegal clinics

Beijing, March 3: In the wake of a crackdown on illicit medical practices, China has shut down 5,088 illegal clinics within three months, health authorities said.

According to a National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) statement, a year-long campaign was started in October, targeting unlicensed clinics and unqualified doctors.

In the first three months, the authorities received 7,316 reports and complaints from the public, out of which 6,538 have been settled, Xinhua reported.

Health authorities at all levels investigated 30,462 cases of illegal practices and revoked licenses of 121 medical and family planning clinics for violations, the statement said.

The campaign was launched by six Chinese authorities, including the NHFPC, the Ministry of Public Security and the health department with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department.

IANS