China To Stop Mandatory Hepatitis B Tests: State Media

From AFP:

China will stop mandatory tests for employees joining new companies and students enrolling in schools, state media said Sunday, after a court ruled the tests were illegal .

Deng Haihua, deputy director of the health ministry’s general office, said the government would soon issue instructions to stop the practice, which is currently a requirement, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

“A hepatitis B disease carrier does no harm to others’ health and the new practice will not increase the disease transmission,” Deng was quoted as telling a news conference on Saturday.

A design company was ordered in May last year to pay a job applicant around 20,000 yuan (2,950 dollars) after it withdrew an offer because he had hepatitis B, according to the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin’s website.

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