China has fired a health care official from the ruling Communist Party for offenses including “long-term addiction to mobile games”, following an outcry about a woman who had a miscarriage because she was denied care during the lockdown in the city of Xi’an, according to the German news agency.
Graft investigators said in a statement yesterday evening (Tuesday) that Li Qiang, the former head of the Xi’an Emergency Medical Center, will face criminal prosecution for dereliction of duty, embezzlement and accepting “large sums of money and real estate” as bribes, according to the agency. Bloomberg News, today (Wednesday).
The statement issued by the province (Shanxi) added that Li Qiang “violated the minimum laws and regulations.”
People across China were outraged earlier this year when two hospitals refused to provide care for a pregnant woman and a man, who later died of a heart attack.