Doctors suspected of involvement in taking kickbacks

05/12/2015 09:23 PM

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Three doctors from central Taiwan are being questioned for allegedly taking kickbacks from a medical equipment company, the Agency Against Corruption said Tuesday.

Investigators from the agency, along with prosecutors, raided 17 locations Tuesday and questioned 31 doctors and related personnel.

The agency was tipped off last year that a doctor surnamed Ou (歐) at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, a doctor surnamed Lin (林) at Nantou Hospital and a former doctor surnamed Zhou (周) from Changhua Hospital -- the latter two hospitals are under the Ministry of Health and Welfare -- were involved in collaborating with Shaw Hang Biomedical Group (守恆健康公司) in medical equipment procurement since 2010.

Hsu Wan-hsiang (許萬相), director of the agency's regional office in central Taiwan, said the agency suspects that Shaw Hang delivered cash to the three doctors to obtain medical equipment procurement contracts from the hospitals.

The group is suspected of having paid bribes totaling nearly NT$3 million (US$97,900).

(By Wu Tze-hao and Lilian Wu) ENDITEM/J

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