News in brief: December 2011
Increasing violence against medical staff in China has prompted a national professional website to issue guidelines to help doctors manage disputes with patients.
In September, doctors in Beijing’s Tongren Hospital stopped work in protest against an attack on one of their number by a patient who was said to be angry over his treatment. The doctor concerned was stabbed 17 times and admitted to intensive care after the assault.
The attack was at least the 10th serious assault on a doctor by a patient or relative this year, the South China Morning Post reported. The attack also prompted a rare statement from the health ministry condemning violent crimes against doctors.
The new guidelines, released by one of the country’s main medical websites, dxy.cn, contain 32 suggestions to help doctors protect themselves, including installing alarms and minimising the amount of time they spend working alone.
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