In recent years, conflicts between patients and doctors have been escalating. When patients are the victims of medical accidents, their families often resort to violence against the medical staff. They have been known to insult, threaten, attack, and even kill the doctors. On May 1, 2012, the Chinese Health Ministry and the Public Security Ministry issued a joint order to strike hard on violence against doctors. Thus public security departments are now required to get involved in maintaining order in normal medical practices.
Sources: People’s Daily, May 2, 2012