(Yicai Global) Aug. 1 -- Chinese hospital operator Meinian Onehealth Healthcare Holdings has denied the accusations of hiring undocumented doctors with expired licenses.
Meinian responded to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange's inquiry regarding a former employee's claim regarding unauthorized diagnosing by refuting any legal wrongdoing with a statement yesterday.
A former employee in a clinic in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou said that the healthcare provider had employed doctors without qualifications and expired licenses to conduct medical procedures.
Earlier, one patient sent an inquiry letter regarding his diagnosis of intestinal cancer without clinical examination. The hospital replied that the client did not purchase a screening so the healthcare institution sees no legal issues with the incident.
The Shanghai-based company has conducted an overhaul of its over 5,400 doctors, some 1,500 technicians, and more than 5,900 nurses across the country to verify all certificates. "Only some of the multi-site practitioners have not completed the practice registration or multi-site filing in time due to the procedure, system, or time reasons," the firm added.
Health safety authorities in Tianhe district in Guangzhou have started investigating the related clinic to see if unqualified personnel are involved in radiology tests.
Founded in 2004, Meinian runs some 400 hospitals in over 200 cities across China.
Meinian's stock [SHE:002044] plunged after the inquiry down the daily limit of 10 percent to CNY19.53 (USD2.87) on July 30 and fell further to CNY18.24 today at 12.53 a.m. Beijing time.
Editor: Emmi Laine