China punishes hospital staff after patients infected with HIV, hepatitis B

Staff at two Chinese hospitals have been punished after their failure to follow proper medical procedures caused 14 patients to be infected with HIV and hepatitis B, state media reported on Friday. The two separate incidents are the latest to shake public trust in China’s healthcare system, the image of which has been hit in recent years by cases involving bribes and the use of unapproved treatments. In the first case, five people were infected with human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS, at a hospital in coastal Zhejiang province after a staff worker reused a tube during an unspecified procedure, the China Daily newspaper said, citing health authorities.
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