Survey reveals doctor-patient tension

Updated: 2012-02-03 19:53


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BEIJING - Just over 6 percent of polled health personnel working in China have said current doctor-patient relationships are "harmonious," Health News, a health ministry affiliated newspaper, reported on Friday citing a survey.

The survey, with a sample of 850 doctors, nurses and health administrators, was jointly conducted by the discipline inspection sections of Chongqing Municipal Health Bureau, Shanxi provincial health bureau, and Guizhou provincial health bureau respectively, and Peking University Health Science Center.

Also, 78.52 percent of interviewees complained of suffering above-average-level stress at work, and 74.29 percent said they had not received due social respect or trust from the public.

In addition, 83.88 percent of interviewees held that the rewards they got from their work did not equate with their efforts.

A report about the survey listed outstanding problems with regards to doctors' professional ethics and practices at present, including bad service attitude, accepting bribery, prescription for kickbacks, abuse of medical examinations.

Doctor-patient tension have been brewing for years, and 2011 witnessed several shocking medical incidents. In an extreme case in September last year, a 43-year-old surgeon in Beijing Tongren Hospital was stabbed by a patient, causing serious injury. The attack was believed to have been triggered by a medical dispute.