Guangzhou health bureau tries dose of legal remedy

CHINA - Guangzhou city bureau of health is seeking a legal remedy under a plan that asks its medical workers to study the law amid rising doctor-patient disputes, Guangzhou-based Nanfang Daily reported.

According to the plan, legal science will be an important part of educating medical workers in the city.

The moves hopes to boost awareness among staff of their legal rights as well as allowing them to settle disputes.

On Monday, more than 100 people smashed Guangzhou Elizabeth Women's Hospital, resulting in injures to six members of the medical staff, after an expectant mother suffered complications and lost her child.

Police detained 21 suspects after the incident.

In October, two doctors and a nurse from the No 2 Hospital affiliated to Guangzhou University of Medical Science were seriously injured after they were attacked by family members of an elderly woman who died in the hospital. Suspects later surrendered themselves to police.

Guangzhou is the first city to ask medical staff to study the law.

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