Doctor suspended for posting photo online of him examining female patient’s genitalia, shocking millions on Chinese social media

Doctor suspended for posting photo online of him examining female patient's genitalia, shocking millions on Chinese social media
  • A doctor in China posted a photo online of a patient he was examining, showing her genitalia as she lay on a table
  • The incident was exposed when an internet user identified the doctor after coming across pictures he posted on

A gynaecologist in China has been suspended from the public hospital where he works after a photo he allegedly shared on social media showed the genitals of a female patient.

The incident was exposed when an internet user identified as “Momo” gave a tip-off against the doctor, surnamed Jiang, after coming across pictures he posted last week about his work and private life on the social media platform

“The separated parts of my life: on work and off work,” Jiang wrote in the caption for the two photos.

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“Be absolutely serious at work; enjoy riotous life after work,” the description continued.

The story of Jiang’s misconduct was viewed 7.5 million times on Douyin.

Going through Jiang’s previous posts, Momo discovered that he worked at the gynaecology department of The First People’s Hospital of Kunshan, a public hospital in China’s eastern Jiangsu province.

She contacted the hospital and reported Jiang, who then deleted his account on at the request of the hospital.

Earlier this week, another internet user complained to the Kunshan municipal health authority about Jiang for releasing the patient’s picture on social media.

Shanghai-based Jiefang Daily reported that Jiang has since been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

Peng Lisong, a lawyer from Beijing Yingke Law Firm, said Jiang was alleged to have violated China’s Practising Doctors Law which stipulates that doctors will receive a warning or be suspended from work for six to 12 months if found to have breached patient privacy.

Jiang also has potentially violated the Social Security Management Punishment Law, under which a person can be detained for up to five days for visual sexual harassment, wiretapping, and taking or circulating images violating other’s privacy. Offenders can be detained for five to 10 days if found guilty.

In January last year, a gynaecologist in Shandong province in eastern China was outed on mainland social media after live-streaming a surgery on a female patient. As a result, the doctor was arrested and had his medical licence revoked.

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