Thursday, 9 January 2014

Medical waste, dirty toilets and unfair organ donation: in the media

Heavy fines and other punishments will be used to deter illegal disposal of medical waste, authorities in China have said. According to CRI, public and private organisation that illegally collect, store, transport and handle medical waste will have their licenses revoked and will be heavily fined by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

In Shanghai, the local health department has said it will introduce improvements such as make it easier to book appointments and improve cleanliness of toilets at local hospitals, after a survey  found patients were unsatisfied with several aspects of hospitals. Other improvements include more variety of food, showing the prices of medical services, and encouraging medical staff to be more polite to patients.

China's new computerised organ donor system is likely to be inaccesible to many, it has been conceded. The new system that aims to provide fairer districbution of organs from 165 transplant hospitals will only work if all institutions follow regulations strictly said a spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

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