Three doctors in Shanghai are being treated for injuries after they were attacked by a patient with a knife this morning, the latest in a series of assaults against medical staff in Chinese hospitals.
The 50-year-old assailant, a Shanghai native, was taken away by cops some five minutes after he assaulted three doctors on the fifth floor of the People’s Hospital of Shanghai around 10:40 a.m., according to CCTV.
The patient, whose name was not disclosed, had reportedly been discharged from the hospital on Monday after treatment for lymph cancer.
The case comes amid increasing tensions between medical staff and patients following cases of harassment and violence in hospitals across the mainland.
Earlier this month, 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. The next day, a doctor in Guangdong province was paraded around by an angry mob of people outside of a hospital after a patient he’d treated the previous day died.
Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital on November 5 invited instructors to train its staff in self-defense against potentially dangerous patients and hostile family members of patients following two separate attacks that were reported in Shanghai hospitals the previous month. Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai likewise invited four instructors from the Black Belt World Taekwondo Federation to teach self-defense against knife-wielding assailants.
[Video via China View]