Efforts to protect doctors stepped up
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.