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“Doctors should call po­lice if a pa­tient is be­ing abused by their own fam­ily mem­bers.”

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

The case of an el­derly man who was phys­i­cally abused by his own son while an in­pa­tient in a Shang­hai hospi­tal has raised con­cerns about how pub­lic sec­tor work­ers should deal with fam­ily dis­putes in pub­lic places. It was re­ported that the un­named man, who has men­tal health prob­lems, was re­fus­ing to take his pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion re­sult­ing in his frus­trated son slap­ping his face in anger. In re­sponse to this, and sim­i­lar in­stances of fa­mil­ial vi­o­lence, the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning has an­nounced that hospi­tal staff are now re­quired to im­me­di­ately in­form po­lice if sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions arise.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Chen Xia/GT

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