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中国媒体加剧医患关系紧张?

国际著名医学期刊《柳叶刀》(The Lancet)撰文剖析中国医生处境,并批评中国媒体加剧医患关系紧张。

文章称,数周前《南方都市报》不真实地报道深圳产妇“缝肛门”,而去年CCTV的“北大医院非法行医案”也是不实报道。很难判断记者是因为缺乏医学背景还是因为想做轰动报道。

《柳叶刀》原文:

The Chinese media certainly have an important role in provoking tension between doctors and patients. There is disproportionate coverage in newspapers, television, and on the internet of how health professionals have cheated patients.

Just a few weeks ago the Southern Metropolis Daily (the most popular newspaper in Guangdong) falsely accused a midwife, who had treated haemorrhoids for a patient after childbirth, of stitching the patient's anus closed on purpose. In November, 2009, one of China's most authoritative media outlets, CCTV (China Central Television), reported that the renowned Peking University First Hospital was carrying out illegal medical practices by allowing medical students to do surgical procedures, and as a result a patient had died. Even though the hospital and the Ministry of Health made it clear that involving medical students in clinical procedures including surgery under the supervision of licensed doctors is legal, trust in doctors and hospitals was seriously damaged.

It is hard to tell whether the misreport resulted from a lack of medical knowledge on the parts of the Southern Metropolis Daily and CCTV, or whether it was motivated by a desire for a sensational story. However, the public misunderstanding of the medical profession will surely hurt both doctors and patients in the end.

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