Shocking footage has emerged of a doctor smoking while undertaking an X-ray scan of a patient in hospital.
The doctor was an employee of the main hospital in Xinyang, central China's Henan province, the People's Daily Online reports.
The video filmed on April 14 has caused outrage on China's social media sites.
The footage was posted to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, by a user named 'SZ-Ping'er' on April 18.
The post read: 'At the Maji Clinic of Huaibin County in Xinyang, Henan, an elderly patient suffered from intestinal infarction and wished to undergo a scan. The doctor was having a cigarette in his hand.
'Does this clinic allow staff to smoke in front of patients during work hours?'
According to a statement from the hospital, they have informed radiology staff that smoking violates the ban and that the video has had a negative impact on the hospital's reputation and caused the concern of many families.
They extended their sincere apologies and suspended the doctor involved for one week along with fining him 2,000 Yuan (£215).
wubba6, manchester, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
ONE TIME I TOOK MY DAD TO THE HOSPITAL AND AN HOUR LATER I SAW ALL THE NURSES LINED UP OUTSIDE THE MEERGENCY ROOM SMOKING CIGARETTES
cahser11, Dallas, United States, 13 hours ago
I remember my doctor examining me as a child with one is his mouth. That was in the 70's.
wafawafa, Kansas city, United States, 13 hours ago
my dr in England always had a ciggy lit up in his office but that was the 70's lol
Herbert Pocket, Barnards Inn, Denmark, 14 hours ago
smoking BAD !
measuredresponse, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
Is this real news for us? a Doctor caught smoking at work in China? What a waste of airtime.
Bravo_Mike, NYC, United States, 14 hours ago
FFS this is China...what did you expect?
Willber Fishbein, Nj, United States, 14 hours ago
Socialist governments want to control your life.
Korotki, Blighty, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
Common place in some countries, like Russia for instance. Same with Policemen, you see them smoking fags whilst on duty, even in France. Come to that it's not beyond living memory that the medical profession were still claiming smoking was good for you...