Saturday, 23 November 2013

Single parents eligible for medical certificates


Single parents in Central China's Hubei Province will be able to apply for medical certificates after the birth for their children from local healthcare authorities from next year, according to newly revised provincial guidelines on the issuance of certificates, the Wuhan Evening News reported.
The move means they no longer need a marriage certificate for the application.
The medical certificates of birth are a statutory document with details of the babies' age, relationships and nationality, and are required when applying for
hukou, or household registration documents.
The provincial health and family planning commission and public security department jointly released the newly revised guidelines that will take effect from January 1.
In the cases of single parents, or babies born with assisted reproductive technology or no intact information on the father, the mother can make a written explanation with a signature, and that will be sufficient to apply for a birth certificate. Local health authorities will need to check the authenticity of the materials before issuing certifications, according to the new guidelines.
The new guidelines also regulate that the organs responsible for issuing the medical certificates of birth can not set preconditions such as the existence of marriage certificates and birth service certificates, and they are banned from receiving any fees for the certificates.
Read full article at: Global Times

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