Doctors sign petition against hospital violence
A total of 600,000 Chinese doctors have signed their names to an online petition calling for the end of violent attacks on medical workers after a physician was injured by her patient in South China’s Guangdong province.
Attacks on healthcare workers have triggered public outrage, especially in the medical sector. In a poll published in May by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, some 13 percent of 12,600 doctors said they had been physically assaulted by their patients last year, and nearly 60 percent had been verbally abused.
Doctors said they felt they were not respected and their personal security was not well enough protected in the workplace.
In June alone, 12 cases of violent attacks on medical workers occurred in hospitals nationwide.