Doctors get guardians to stop assaults
HOSPITALS in Beijing will recruit 1,500 'guardian angels' to protect their doctors from violent attacks by patients.
In recent years, angry patients have killed a number of Chinese doctors, often citing frustration at how they have been handled by the healthcare system.
In the latest case, a 45-year-old man from Jiangsu province stabbed his doctor to death following a circumcision operation.
Doctors and nurses in hospitals are violently attacked every two weeks on average, the state media said, by patients angry at long waiting times, high medical bills and haughty or uncaring doctors.
The government has promised to root out corruption in the health system. The Health Ministry said it would target patients who bribe doctors for better treatment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)