In addition, the United States has adopted special legislation to prevent hospital violence. It is reported that as of 2019, about 38 state governments in the United States have passed special legislation to protect the legitimate rights of medical personnel. On the one hand, the punishment of the perpetrators is used to achieve the purpose of relieving the violent injuries. New York State makes violent attacks on medical staff on duty a felony.
In the latest annual NHS employee survey, starting in 2019, 14.5% of employees said they had experienced physical violence from a patient, patient's family, or the public. Data show that from 2019 to 2019, the proportion of personal attacks on employees of NHS hospitals has increased by 9.7% compared to 2019-2019. On average, there are more than 200 violent attacks against NHS staff every day.
According to the Indian Health Focus Network on December 21, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought help from Prime Minister Modi to advance legislation to punish violence that harms doctors.
On the 24th, Yang Wen, a doctor of Beijing Civil Aviation General Hospital, was killed by a patient's family during the diagnosis and treatment. The incident caused great public concern.
At present, many medical institutions in the United States will set up security police, additional security equipment and emergency call buttons as standard equipment.
In response, the US health care system has developed safety measures to strengthen hospital security. The hospital must be equipped with metal detectors and armed guards, and people must pass security checks before entering the hospital. In some cases, metal detectors are used even on patients on stretchers.
New York State says violent attack on medical staff on duty is a felony
△ Picture source: Washington, D.C. area television website
△ Picture source: India Health Focus Network
While expressing indignation at violence, everyone joined in discussions on how to prevent violent injuries and medical incidents. In fact, the violent medical injury incident is a global pain point, and countries have responded differently.
According to the website of the Manhattan Institute's "Urban Magazine" website, violence in the U.S. emergency room is on the rise, and a survey conducted by the American Association of Emergency Physicians in 2019 found that 47% of emergency physician respondents said they had suffered physical attack. More than 60% said they had been attacked in the past year. Most of the attacks came from patients and their families.
In 2019, the United Kingdom made it clear that for those who attack medical staff, the prison term will double. Prior to this, the United Kingdom has made more detailed regulations in law on violent injuries. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Law amended in 2009 added the crime of harassment in the National Health Service. The law stipulates that any individual who commits violent injuries and medical treatment in a medical place will result in a fine of more than 1,000 pounds and compare with ordinary violence. For longer free sentences, medical personnel have the right to expel the troublemakers.
On the other hand, legislation should be adopted to strengthen hospital management and enhance the hospital's ability to respond to violent injuries and medical treatment. According to the US Labor Relations Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, all employers are responsible for ensuring the safety and health of employees, and require hospitals to develop measures to prevent violent injuries and medical treatment, or they will be subject to administrative penalties.
Violence against doctors is a national problem in India, and the Indian Medical Association reports that 75% of doctors in India have been subjected to violence, intimidation or harassment while on duty. Violence against doctors this year has triggered many strikes.