Medical personnel who leak patient information will be suspended from practicing medicine for six months and be fined 20,000 yuan (US$3,077), according to revised medical regulations that were submitted to the legislature for reading Tuesday.
“I really hope this rule will stop the trading of personal information,” said a Futian resident who gave only her family name of Wang.
“The other day I received a phone call from a woman who claimed to work for a domestic help service agency. She asked if I need help hiring a babysitter. She seemed to know everything about me, including my due date,” Wang said.
“When I confronted her about where she learned about me, she simply said her company has connections with the hospital I went to, refusing to elaborate,” said the expectant mother. Wang said that she’s worried her safety might be compromised through leaked personal information.
Under the revised regulations, those who continue practicing medicine during their suspension period will have their medical licenses revoked.
The rule is aimed at protecting patient privacy, a Shenzhen Special Zone Daily report said Wednesday.
The revision also criminalizes hurting medical workers, which has happened in hospitals across China in recent years.
Some patients resort to violence when they are not satisfied with the results of their medical treatment.
In a Hebei Province city over the last weekend, more than 100 doctors and nurses took to the street, demanding more protection after the family of a patient that died held three doctors.
In Shenzhen, a man was detained for 10 days and fined 500 yuan in October for assaulting a doctor at Shenzhen People’s Hospital after the doctor refused to promise the man’s girlfriend would be fine without receiving the treatment the doctor suggested.
The revised regulations are aimed at clarifying the legal aspect of strained doctor-patient relationships in the city.