Ef­forts to pro­tect doc­tors stepped up

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China’s top pros­e­cu­tors are promis­ing in­creased ef­forts to pun­ish those who cause phys­i­cal vi­o­lence against doc­tors and other med­i­cal work­ers amid a re­cent surge of such cases.

Vi­o­lence against doc­tors has re­sulted in in­juries and death, as well as dis­or­der at hos­pi­tals, Xiao Wei, spokes­woman of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, said at a news con­fer­ence.

Pros­e­cut­ing agen­cies filed law­suits against 347 peo­ple sus­pected of com­mit­ting se­ri­ous vi­o­lence against med­i­cal work­ers and handed them over to courts be­tween De­cem­ber 2013 and De­cem­ber last year, Xiao said.

More than 70 per­cent of doc­tors in China have suf­fered ver­bal abuse or phys­i­cal vi­o­lence, ac­cord­ing to a white pa­per re­leased by the Chi­nese Med­i­cal Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion in May.

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