Virus Outbreak: Abuse will not be tolerated: ministry

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 16, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

A pharmacist, surnamed Wang, second right, listens to attorney Chiang Hsin-you, right, at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, as her husband, left, and Taiwan Pharmacist Association president Huang Chin-shun, second left, look on.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

People who are violent toward or threaten medical personnel could face a prison sentence under the Medical Care Act (醫療法), the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday.

The Department of Medical Affairs said it strongly condemns any attempt to threaten, intimidate, insult, humiliate or obstruct the duties of medical personnel.

Article 106 of the act states that the use of violence, threats or other illegal behavior to obstruct the duties of medical personnel or emergency medical technicians can be punished by up to three years in jail or a fine up to NT$300,000, the department said.

The warning came after the media reported on a woman in Taipei who became angry that she had been given back the wrong National Health Insurance (NHI) card when buying masks and allegedly scolded a pharmacist surnamed Wang (王), telling her to kneel and apologize.   [FULL  STORY]

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