Three doctors were stabbed, and one killed, in a Zhejiang hospital last Friday, and now the medical staff are staging protests for their protection against the country’s knife-wielding droves. This is your pleasant weekly reminder that stabbings are wildly, seemingly uncontrollably, common in China.
Hospital stabbings are apparently in vogue right now, as The Guardian reports:
Attacks on hospital staff by patients are increasingly common in China. Some professionals blame the trend on the commercialisation of the country’s health services. “Once the medical system decides that its aim is to make money, patients will not trust doctors any more,” said Liu Jitong, a public health expert at Peking University. […]
Several hundred hospital staff have staged a rare protest in southern China against attacks on medical workers after a patient stabbed three doctors, killing one of them.
The workers assembled outside the Wenling City No 1 people’s hospital, in the south-eastern province of Zhejiang, holding signs reading “Uphold justice” and “Guarantee medical staffers’ safety”.
“We are still protesting and demanding that the government and the hospital management ensure the safety of the doctors,” said a woman who refused to give her name.
It is unclear why the perpetrator was originally admitted into the hospital. Probably for a beard transplant.
Raw video of the protest from AFP: