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Medical errors can cost licenses

FOR the first time, local medical staff members who seriously harm patients by giving the wrong medicine, transfusing the wrong type of blood or doing surgery on the wrong body part face a serious chance of losing their professional license.

A new rule on medical errors issued by Shanghai Health Bureau goes into effect on May 1.

The regulation lists 10 punishable errors, including leaving surgical appliances in a patient's body and causing an outbreak of an in-hospital infection by failing to follow disinfection procedures.

Practitioners will lose their licenses if the bureau finds them responsible for such errors and if the patient dies, is severely handicapped or suffers a major defect in function due to organ or tissue injury.

Two medical accidents within 12 months will also cost a license, even if patients aren't severely injured.


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