China launches drive to eradicate violence against hospital staff

People rush into Peking Union Hospital in Beijing, China, early April 6, 2016. Picture taken April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People rush into Peking Union Hospital in Beijing, China, early April 6, 2016. Picture taken April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China is kicking off a year-long campaign this month to stamp out persistent violence in its overcrowded hospitals by angry patients targeting medical staff, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.

Healthcare is a flashpoint for many people in China, who have long faced issues from ticket touts illegally trading appointment tickets, snarling queues to see top doctors and rampant corruption that can push up the cost of receiving care.

Since 2013, campaigns to discourage abuse of hospital personnel have reined in much of the violence, but as many as 71,000 instances of conflict have still required mediation by authorities, it added.

Xinhua gave no details of what new action is planned.

Even though the government has increased spending on health care, hospitals in China are frequently swamped with patients.

Low salaries for doctors feed corruption and people’s suspicions that staff are keener to earn money by prescribing unnecessary drugs and treatment than tending the sick.

In one notable incident in 2015, in the eastern province of Henan, a doctor and an injured patient fell to their deaths in an elevator shaft during a quarrel over treatment for the patient, who was intoxicated at the time.

Nine agencies, from the Ministry of Public Security to the National Health and Family Planning Commission are to participate in the new campaign, Xinhua said.

(Reporting by Nathaniel Taplin; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Source: Reuters “China launches drive to eradicate violence against hospital staff”


2 Comments on “China launches drive to eradicate violence against hospital staff”

  1. Joseph says:

    When I visited hospitals in the US and Australia, I often saw the notice, ‘abusive and violent behaviors won’t be tolerated, offenders will be prosecuted’. Some hospitals put rude, scary looking fat black women on the reception which did not even bother to talk in polite and civilized manner at all. I wonder why that was? When we visited hospitals in Indonesia, such commotions are rare, especially in rural area. When I visited Chinese a Chinese hospital in 1993, the staff were clearly friendlier than in 2002 when the same hospital had been much modernized in Western style. I believe Westen style attitude may be the source of the problem. While the visitors must be educated on better manner, the hospital staff must be strictly reformed as well. Especially after the scandal of British-based GSK medical conglomerate bribing Chinese doctors to sell patients their overpriced and dependant/addictive drugs. When sick and needy people are dubbed and forced to buy addictively ineffective drugs at inflated price, tensions could rise to boiling point. It is not surprising Reuters points negative aspect of Chinese society, while do no even bother to publish the despicable behavior of fellow British companies. At least in China, the government is willing to address the problem. I don’t think British and other Western government are willing to address the problem due to the lobbying by their doctor and hospital associations.


  2. Steve says:

    Simply lacking moral standards and education. This is an area of its society where individuals need to reform thru government promotion of awareness, channels of communication,safety and rule of law.