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S. Korea toughens law against hospital violence

All News 15:01 June 12, 2016

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- The government said Sunday that it has toughened punishment against those who assault or threaten doctors and nurses in a move to create a stable environment for medical treatment.

Under a revised law that has gone into effect, anyone who either assaults or threatens a doctor or nurse would face up to five years in prison or be fined a maximum of 20 million won (US$17,000), according to the Health and Welfare Ministry.

The law also mandates that doctors and nurses wear a name tag to ensure that patients do not mistake non-medical professionals for doctors or nurses.

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