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Doctors from six hospitals questioned in alleged bribery case

Doctors from six hospitals questioned in alleged bribery case

Taipei, June 16 (CNA) Prosecutors on Tuesday questioned 27 people, including doctors from six hospitals, in an investigation of alleged bribery by a distributor of medical products.
Prosecutors and law enforcement officials on Tuesday also searched the premises of the company -- Rotary Trading Co. which is the Taiwan distributor of Toshiba medical products -- and its subsidiaries and affiliated enterprises, and the homes and offices of the people allegedly involved in the scandal.
A total of 27 suspects and witnesses were interrogated, including doctors mostly from the departments of radiology, hepatobiliary and gastroenterology at six hospitals, prosecutors said.
Rotary Trading Chairman Lin Yu-liang and seven chief physicians were among the people questioned, prosecutors said.
Rotary Trading is alleged to have paid cash bribes to hospital personnel between 2003 and 2013 to obtain contracts for the supply of medical equipment such as X-ray machines, computerized tomography scanners and ultrasonic scanners, according to investigators.
The six hospitals allegedly involved in the scam were Taipei City Hospital's Renai, Zhongxing and Heping branches, the Ministry of Health and Welfare's Taichung Hospital, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors are looking into alleged violations of anti-corruption, government procurement, business entity accounting, and criminal laws.
The case is one of nine currently under investigation, allegedly involving bribes totaling around NT$10 million (US$323,238), prosecutors said. (By Liu Shih-yi and Christie Chen)

Updated : 2022-01-23 08:48 GMT+08:00