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Apr. 2012
April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org
  
 
Apr. 12, 2012

Coal mines with an annual output of 90,000 tonnes or less would not be allowed to resume production until their gas control capabilities conform to national standards, State Administration of Work Safety, China's top safety watchdog, said on April 12, 2012 in a statement on its website.

Accidents including coal and gas outbursts and explosions had been frequent occurrences in the country's small-sized mines. All these mines should stop production to improve their working conditions. Small mines would be merged with qualified mines or even shut down if their gas control capabilities cannot meet required standards, according to the statement.

Apr. 18, 2012

Major serious illnesses would be covered by state healthcare and medical assistance in China, according to the country's new healthcare reform plan, released on Apr. 18, 2012.

Eight kinds of illnesses, including children's leukemia, children's congenital heart disease and kidney disease, would be added to the system, and 12 diseases, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer and stomach cancer, would be covered by the new medical insurance and assistance plans.

Low-income patients who are critically ill, severely disabled and low-income seniors would also be added to the medical assistance plans, according to the reform plan.
  
Apr. 18, 2012

The paid maternity leave for female employees would be extended from the current 90 calendar days to 98, according to the draft regulation reviewed and approved by the State Council on Apr. 18, 2012.

Women who have miscarriages (abortions included) are also entitled to paid leave. Those who have been pregnant for less than four months are allowed to take miscarriage leave of no less than two weeks, and those who have carried their unborn babies beyond four months can rest for at least six weeks.

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