Experts: China's new law to protect doctors not enough

Issues such as shortage of doctors, funding need to be resolved, they say

China has passed a new law aimed at protecting medical staff from threats and violence, but many have expressed scepticism over whether this will tackle the problem of yi nao (medical disturbances), given deep-seated issues with the country's healthcare system.

The healthcare law, passed last Saturday, states that the personal safety and dignity of medical workers must not be infringed upon, and enshrines their legitimate rights.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Experts: China's new law to protect doctors not enough'. Print Edition | Subscribe