A photo that was taken on the 15th of August, 2014, shows almost a dozen doctors taking a number of group selfies right next to a patient who was being operated on at Fengcheng Hospital, in China’s northwest province of Shaanxi.
Fengcheng Hospital saw twelve doctors punished for taking a number of group selfies while operating on a patient. Three of the hospital’s officials were fired from their positions, while all the medical personnel featured in the photograph received demerits in their records, which is an administrative punishment applied in Chine.
The three officials removed from their posts were the Dean, the Head Nurse of the Anesthesiology Department and the Deputy President of the Hospital.
The photos went almost viral on WeChat, which is a popular social networking app in China, which led to public outrage over how unprofessional the doctors had acted.
The photos feature the doctors posing and smiling while the patient lies unconscious on the operating table.
The local health bureau’s investigation found that the photos had been taken on the 15th of August, this year, in the old OR. The doctors, apparently, wanted a keepsake of the last surgery to be conducted in the room, which is why they took the photos.
On Sina Weibo, a popular microblog, a user under the name of Baiyishanmao, whose account proves he is a surgeon from Zhejiang, a province in east China, stated that in the photos the surgery seemed to have been completed while the two surgeon’s assistance were putting the finishing touches on suturing the skin.
Baiyishanmao stated that doctors can often be happier than the family of the patient when a difficult operation goes off without a hitch. Takin a selfie to maintain the memory is something that can be understood. However, professionally speaking, it was not appropriate because some of the doctors weren’t wearing their masks while the patient lay exposed in the photos.