(Minghui.org) Changhua Christian Hospital, the largest healthcare system in central Taiwan, announced on June 10 that it would not renew its contracts with two surgeons because of their alleged involvement in organ harvesting in mainland China.

Chen Yaoli and Ke Zhiran, two members of the liver transplant team, visited mainland China numerous times to undertake organ transplantation procedures without notifying the hospital, said the announcement. Given the controversial source of organs in mainland China, the doctors’ activities violate regulations on organ source transparency and traceability. Based on concerns over these violations of medical ethics, the hospital decided it would not renew their contracts when they expire on June 30.

The hospital pointed out the ongoing organ harvesting in mainland China with victims including Tibetans, Uyghurs, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners.

The Taiwan legislature amended The Human Organ Transplantation Act on June 12, 2015, to prohibit the use of organs from executed prisoners. It also banned the sale, purchase and brokerage of organs, as well as “transplant tourism.” If those who purchase transplant organs overseas are found guilty of receiving an illicit organ, the maximum sentence is five years plus a fine of up to NT$1.5 million [around $50,000 USD]. Furthermore, doctors involved in illegal organ transplants could lose their license to practice medicine.

Legislator Yu Mei-nu from Democratic Progressive Party said that many Taiwanese went to China for illegal organ transplantation. But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was actively involved in the organ trade and it depended heavily on the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. “We hope to effectively deter organ trafficking with this amendment,” she explained, “That is why the law was amended to require those who have received organ transplants abroad to provide information to domestic hospitals where they are to receive post-transplant treatment about where the surgery was done and who the surgeons were.”