A doctor in Chaozhou, Guangdong province was paraded around by an angry mob of people outside of the hospital he worked at on Wednesday afternoon after a patient he treated had died the previous day, the Guangzhou Daily reports.
Over 100 people including relatives of the patient gathered outside the Chaozhou Central Hospital, shouting “this doctor killed a patient” and threatening him as he wept, according to ECNS.
On Tuesday night, the doctor had taken charge of an emergency surgery on a comatose patient with acute alcoholism. After several hours of treatment, the patient was declared dead early Wednesday morning, according to Chaozhoudaily.com.
Relatives of the patient questioned the cause of death and claimed that something had gone wrong during the rescue process. They rallied dozens of people to come to the hospital at about 1 pm on Wednesday.
Police arrived after receiving a call to control the situation. By 8 pm the hospital had gone back to normal.
Tensions between doctors and patients in China have become increasingly more hostile within recent years.
Just yesterday we reported that a 53-year-old woman beat a 20-year-old nurse at a Nanjing hospital over the “inadequate” treatment of her daughter.
Stories of violent patient-on-doctor attacks like this have unfortunately become so common within the past year that at least two hospitals in Shanghai have begun training doctors and staff in self-defense.
The vice director of security at Shenzhen’s Children Hospital said last November that the facility sees over 20 serious incidents involving patients or patients’ relatives beating medical staff every year.
“Minor disputes are often related to long waiting periods, and serious disputes are caused when treatment results are not as good as patients and families expected,” Yang was quoted as saying in the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily. “The number of disputes caused by real medical accidents is very low.”
[Video via SCMP // Image via ECNS]