An angry mob allegedly assaulted a paramedic team in the Xuhui district on Wednesday when the medical staff arrived to collect a man suffering alcohol poisoning and his group of friends claimed that the ambulance had shown up “late”.
Shanghai Daily reports that the ambulance, carrying a doctor, paramedic and driver, arrived at an address on Guyi Road to collect the intoxicated patient around 2:20 p.m. A witness cited in the report said that a group of around eight friends and neighbors were annoyed that the medical team had shown up “late” and asked the medical staff to explain themselves.
When they received no reply, the gang set upon them.
All three members of the team were assaulted, though the paramedic, a 26-year-old man surnamed Tao, was the primary target, the witness said.
After being hit with iron bars and fists, Tao suffered a concussion, and injuries to his head and body, the person said.
Police did not say if any of the attackers had been detained, nor did they say how “late” the ambulance was.
The incident follows a string of violent cases in hospitals across the mainland stemming from patient-doctor conflict.
Last March, three doctors were attacked by a knife-wielding patient at the People’s Hospital of Shanghai. Not long before that, a 53-year-old woman beat a 20-year-old nurse at a Nanjing hospital over the “inadequate” treatment of her daughter.
Last year, Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital chose to better prepare staff for such confrontations by inviting instructors to the hospital to teach self-defense against potentially dangerous patients and hostile family members of patients.