March 31, 2010
Staffers at an eastern Chinese hospital have been disciplined after the bodies of 21 fetuses and infants were found improperly discarded near a river, according to officials and media reports.
A total of 21 bodies were found near the Guangfu River, Jining City officials said in a statement Tuesday.
“The investigation has found that the Jining Hospital Affiliated Medical College mortuary staff violated hospital management policies/regulations,” the statement said.
No foul play was found in the deaths of the children. “It was determined that the babies died in normal circumstances,” Li Wanmei, section chief for the Jining City Health Bureau, told the television network.
The hospital’s deputy director and the deputy director of its logistics department were removed, the statement said. In addition, two staffers working in the “repose room” of the hospital were fired “and have been detained according to the law.”