By Staff writer
New decree marks assaults on health workers a 'major crime'
Around 67 percent of health workers in Saudi Arabia have been the victims of assaults by patients’ relatives, revealed a report by the National Initiative for Prevention of Aggressive Behaviour Against Medical Personnel.
The new findings resulted in the issuance of a new decree approved by the health minister that marks attacks on health officials a major crime, reported Arab News.
At 3am on Saturday, a doctor in the intensive care unit at the Qurrayat General Hospital was attacked by six young Saudis who claimed the doctor was responsible for the death of a 90-year-old male patient.
In 2015, Jordanian doctor Muhannad Al-Zabn was shot by a national at the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh after his wife gave birth under Al-Zabn’s supervision.