Shanghai has drafted a bill which would provide liability protection to those with proper medical training who administer first aid to others needing help.
Global Times elaborates:
The Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress has started the legislative process to regulate the city’s emergency health services. Under the new law, volunteers will not be held liable in emergency cases, thepaper.cn reported.
The bill defines “Good Samaritans” as those with medical skills and possess a professional medical certificate.
An online poll conducted by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress showed that around 92 percent of Shanghai residents support the bill.
Cities including Hangzhou and Shenzhen have already introduced similar laws following several cases involving people getting extorted for cash after coming to the aid of a stranger in an emergency situation. Last year, a Guangdong man committed suicide after he was ‘harassed’ for money by family members of an elderly man whom he’d helped on the street.
Discussion over a perceived lack of Good Samaritans in the country goes back to an infamous case from 2011, when a toddler named Yueyue was run over by two vehicles and ignored by all but one person.
More recently in Zhejiang, an elderly man fell down in the street and was ignored by a handful of people and vehicles for eight minutes until he was eventually run over.
“The law can change society’s attitude toward helping people in need, which will deter victims from making false accusations against those who offer help, and encourage more Good Samaritan behavior in Chinese society,” Tan Qiugui, a law professor at Minzu University, told the Global Times. “Extortion cases have severely damaged trust between people, scaring would-be Good Samaritans. We need time to change social attitudes.”