A senior psychiatrist in Guizhou province in China has been suspended after he removed 64 patients with mental health issues from their hospital without management consent.
Psychiatrist Yang Shaolei helped the patients “escape” last month from the Guihang 300 Hospital in Guiyang to the Sixth Hospital about three kilometres away.
Yang had planned to leave the Guihang 300 Hospital to work at the Sixth Hospital, along with three other doctors and four nurses, as they had been offered higher salaries at the latter institute, CCTV reported. Yang said he took the patients to his new hospital because it offered better living conditions for them.
The Guihang 300 Hospital said Yang did not go through proper discharge procedures for the patients. Yang had therefore violated the hospital’s code of practice, and the hospital would sue Yang and the colleagues who left with him, and all had been suspended from work.
“Most of the patients had stayed with us for more than 10 years and we are deeply attached,” Yang said. “I wanted to find them better conditions for treatment and living.”
Yang complained that the patients did not have enough access to sunshine, which is needed for the absorption of calcium, at their original hospital, which was a public institute set up by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
“Many of them suffered bone fractures after a slight stumble,” he said.
He also decided to leave his original hospital after it recorded a loss of more than 50 million yuan (US$7.28 million) in 2016, Yang said. He said he left a resignation letter at the matron’s office before his departure but had not finished the official procedure to resign.
Another doctor with the Guihang hospital told CCTV that the Sixth Hospital, which is a private institution, offered higher salaries for doctors and better living conditions for patients. Male and female patients lived on separate floors, the doctor said.