A doctor at a hospital in Shanghai is refusing to provide follow-up treatment to a five-year-old girl with a broken arm until the girl’s mother apologizes for allegedly scratching the face of another doctor at the hospital, Shanghai Daily reports.
Dr. Ma Ruixue, head of orthopedics at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, said that the 35-year-old mother, surnamed Zhang, rushed into the orthopedics clinic on Wednesday, bypassing registration, to seek immediate treatment for her daughter.
The unnamed doctor on shift was treating another child and told Zhang to wait her turn. In response, the mother “scratched the doctor’s face,” according to Ma.
The hospital called police and Zhang’s daughter was later treated by another doctor, but Ma insists that the child will not receive follow-up treatment until Zhang apologizes
“My department refuses to give further treatment to the girl until the dispute is resolved,” Ma said, without further elaboration.
Cases involving patient-on-doctor attacks are commonly reported in China’s hospitals. Last year, hospitals in Shanghai began training doctors and staff in self-defense as a response to an increasing number of alleged attacks on hospital workers by patients and patients’ relatives.