An anti-riot drill was held at the central hospital of Bazhong, Sichuan last Friday. Police, fire fighters and even snipers were all present to carry out drills after a spell of violent clashes were reported in hospitals across China.
Sina reports that the simulation drill was a response to the hypothetical case of a 40-year-old man who suddenly died in the hospital, triggering crowds of rioting people to hold nurses hostage and set the hospital aflame.
More than a hundred policemen participated in the drill and and aided in “rescue work”, including shooting down the mob, saving the hostages and evacuating people in the hospital.
Conflicts between the medical workers and patients have escalated in China within recent years. In March, three doctors were attacked in Shanghai, a nurse was beaten in Nanjing, and a doctor was shamed then paraded around by an angry mob in Guangdong.
More Chinese hospitals are trying to protect medical workers from severe attacks. China Daily reported in June that Beijing hospitals were equipped with riot gear for security and more digital recorders were installed in hospital security departments.
By Dina Li