Sunday, 31 May 2015

China healthcare headlines - June 2015

Beijing to ban smoking in public place 

Smoking will be banned in public areas of Beijing such as restaurants, offices and on public transport from 1 June, but enforcement is in doubt. According to the new anti-smoking rules, smokers will face
fines of 200 yuan ($32.25) for smoking near hospitals and schools, while business can be fined up to 10,000 yuan ($1,600) for failing to enforce no-smoking areas.

Doctor killer executed

The man who stabbed a doctor to death at a Wenling hospital in a dispute over  surgery outcomes has been executed in Zhejiang. The man called Lian Enqing murdered an ENT specialist in October 2014 because he was upset about the poor results of surgery on his nose.

Air pollution triggers hospital admissions

Hospital admissions for respiratory problems increase dramatically when air pollution PM2.5 particle levels exceed a threshold of 200 µg/m3 according to researchers from Shandong.
Lian Enqing was sentenced to death last year for a fatal attack on an an ear, nose and throat specialist in Wenling, in the eastern province of Zhejiang. He attacked the doctor because he "felt displeased with his nose and claimed to be suffering respiratory problems", the official news agency Xinhua said - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/china-executes-patient-who-stabbed-doctor-death-over-nose-operation-report#sthash.mIPzSQ7W.dpuf
Lian Enqing was sentenced to death last year for a fatal attack on an an ear, nose and throat specialist in Wenling, in the eastern province of Zhejiang. He attacked the doctor because he "felt displeased with his nose and claimed to be suffering respiratory problems", the official news agency Xinhua said - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/china-executes-patient-who-stabbed-doctor-death-over-nose-operation-report#sthash.mIPzSQ7W.dpuf

Private hospitals blocked by public hospital chief

Despite being encouraged by central, the development of private hospitals is being blocked by the all powerful managers of major public hospitals, according to an article in Caixin. Analysts say that public hospitals are effectively operating as for-profit monopoly providers and they are loathe to give up their staff or patients to private newcomers.

Health minister's book published by Elsevier

Former health minister Chen Zhu is having a book publichsed by international medical publisher Elsevier. The book entitled Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report, is an in-depth review of China's past present and futre healthcare developments, with contributions frm many leading healthcare figures.

China's hospital league tables published

A league table of China's best hospitals, ranked by department, has been published by the China National Medical Information Center. The ranking tables put hospitals in the three major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou at the top of most lists, according to criteria for 19 different specialities.

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