QUEENSLAND’S two major organ transplant hospitals have banned training Chinese surgeons because of concerns raised by the Falun Gong group.
The spiritual movement, which has about 100 million members worldwide, has accused the Chinese Government of harvesting organs from thousands of members executed over the past seven years.
There also have been claims of live organ removal from Falun Gong practitioners in detention centres and hospitals.
Health Minister Stephen Robertson said he was aware of the allegations and two hospitals had taken action.
He said the Prince Charles Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital had policies of not training any Chinese surgeons in transplant surgical techniques.
They also banned joint research programs into organ transplantation with China.
Posting date: 5/Dec/2006
Original article date: 5/Dec/2006
Category: Media Report