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article imageMadrid cops bust back-street quacks (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Jun 28, 2014 in Health
Madrid - A gang of Chinese origin, accused of performing illegal back-street abortions, dentistry and surgery in "deplorable" amateur clinics in private homes and other premises, was busted by Spain's National Police Friday.
The National Police released a video (above) and photos of items seized in the raid, including various pills, unsterilized dental tools and forceps and even a pile of human teeth. Police sources stated there were organic remains in some of the tools recovered in the raid.
A police raid on an illegal medical clinic in Madrid  Spain
A police raid on an illegal medical clinic in Madrid, Spain
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According to a police statement, eight Chinese suspects were detained during a year-long operation, and six "clandestine medical clinics" were shut down in the Usera district of southern Madrid, an area which is home to a large Chinese community.
Two other Chinese suspects were held in custody for crimes against public health and for unlicensed professional activity.
"They offered gynecological, pediatric and dental consultations among other specialties, and even carried out surgical operations and abortions in private homes lacking the required hygiene and security conditions," the statement read, noting "the deplorable state of the premises and medical equipment used" and mentioning that several of the patients treated were young children.
During the investigation, dubbed "Operation Hippocrates," police found that these unlicensed "doctors" apparently advertised their illegal services through the media in such a way as to target the Chinese community. They offered services relating to gynecology and the practice of abortions, pediatrics, general medicine, hemorrhoid surgery and dentistry. Their charges were 250 euros ($340) per visit.
In addition, the centers lacked the minimum health and safety requirements of the National Health System and none of those arrested and charged were enrolled in the corresponding public schools. For credibility, doctors used fake names and credentials, mentioning Spanish clinical laboratories and listing a large number of specialties.
The initial investigation started after the racket was exposed by a patient who went to the police to report that one of the alleged doctors had charged him 3,500 euros ($4.777) for several visits to treat stomach pains. It turns out the "doctor" had faked the patient's blood test results to convince him he had hepatitis and then sold him pills to treat the condition. However, the man's pain increased and he eventually required hospital treatment for a stomach infection.
According to the Spanish daily ABC, two of the detainees have already been repatriated to China.
Spain s National Police busted a series of illegal clinics offering abortions  surgery and dentistry...
Spain's National Police busted a series of illegal clinics offering abortions, surgery and dentistry in Madrid, Spain.
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