A doctor and a pregnant nurse were attacked by family members of a lung cancer patient last Monday at a hospital in Changsha, Hunan province while they were providing emergency treatment to the patient.
China Daily reports:
The patient’s families beat the two medical staff while they were providing emergency treatment to the patient, threatening to kill them if they should fail to save the patient.
Violence erupted again after the patient died. The 29-year-old doctor was forced to kneel before and kowtow to the body in a show of apology[…].
The nurse said one attacker claimed to be a civil servant.
The doctor suffered concussion, bruises and organ damages, and the nurse reported signs of threatened miscarriage. Both of them have been hospitalized.Attacks on Chinese medical staff have been a reoccurring issue in recent years. Just last March, a Nanjing official and her husband beat a 20-year-old nurse to the point of paralyzing her over treatment of their daughter, who was patient at Nanjing Stomatological Hospital.
Patient-doctor conflicts like this have become so prevalent in the past few years that medical staff at some hospitals have been trained in self-defense to fend off attackers.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via WantChina Times]