Man wrongfully detained for online gripes about hospital's food: official

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/8/20 19:28:39

A Hebei Province man who had been in police custody over the weekend for complaining online about the food quality at a State-run hospital had been wrongfully detained, authorities said.

The head officer who ordered the former patient at Shexian Hospital, surnamed Zhang, to be detained has been suspended for "inapproriate application of the law," police in the city of Handan said, CCTV reported.

It is still unclear from reports as to whether Zhang is still in custody.

Zhang was first detained by Shexian county police on Saturday on allegations he had "fabricating facts" and "disturbing social order" in a post that criticized food at the hospital.

The post, titled "The cafeteria at Shexian county new hospital serves poor, expensive and small portions of food. Is this really a hospital for [serving] the people?" circulated on Sina Weibo, as well as Baidu and Sohu forums.

County authorities said the post "had an adverse effect on the hospital's work," without elaborating. 

Regardless, Zhang's post garnered support online. Some complained that noodle dishes at the canteen promising meat had none, while others said that the new hospital is remote and there are no other food options in the area.

The new hospital was opened in December 2016 to much fanfare. It is funded by the county government.

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