Bulldozer flattens section of hospital in China

Bulldozers unexpectedly demolished part of a hospital and its adjoining morgue in central China, sending doctors, nurses, and patients fleeing and burying under rubble six bodies being processed at the morgue, said reports.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the hospital accused the local government of ordering the demolition work after failing to get the hospital to agree to it for a road expansion project.

The No 4 Hospital of Zhengzhou University in Henan province said the unexpected demolition work yesterday morning buried six bodies stored in the morgue, caused nearly 20m yuan (€2.7m) worth of damage to medical equipment and injured several hospital staff.

“Burying the remains of patients is enormously dis-respectful to the dead,” the hospital’s deputy propaganda chief, Zhang Yuan, was quoted as saying. “I never imagined anything like this would ever happen.”

The Huiji District Government Information Office said that they had asked the hospital in vain to demolish the CT room and morgue itself.

It said workers had made sure there were no people inside the buildings before tearing them down, and there had been no casualties.

Calls to an official at the construction bureau rang unanswered yesterday, as did calls to numbers provided by the hospital’s information service.

Forced demolitions are a common problem in China as local governments have looked to property to fuel economic growth.


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