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Discrimination in the working place
A masked man stages a sit-down protest in front of a hospital in Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong province, on Dec 22. His sign says: “Please do not use the regulations that ban hepatitis B tests as toilet paper.”
Chinese medical institutions and the people who run them will face the possibility of public exposure and administrative punishments if they continue to provide screening tests to companies wanting to know if prospective workers are carriers of hepatitis B, China's top health authority has warned.
In a statement released on Saturday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said medical institutions are not allowed to carry out hepatitis B tests on behalf of companies as part of pre-employment physical examinations, regardless of whether or not consent is obtained from the candidates.
The move is aimed at safeguarding people's right to work in a country where discrimination is rife against carriers of infections such as hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS.
Hospital directors found to have violated the rules will be exposed to the public and will invite strict administrative punishments, the ministry said.
The latest move follows the results of a survey released last week showing that, despite existing rules and regulations, some 61 percent of 180 State-run companies polled still include hepatitis B screenings in their pre-employment physical examinations.
Moreover, 63 of the 180 companies either said they would never consider hepatitis B carriers for a job or would be reluctant to hire such people.
The survey was conducted by the non-profit Beijing Yirenping Center.
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