An elderly couple got physical with staff at the the Shanghai No. 10 People’s Hospital recently when they were told off for trying to jump queue in front of the other patients, Southern Urban Daily reports.
After a web user uploaded a series of photos to Weibo and claimed the elderly couple had been beaten up by doctors at the hospital, staff went on record to say that the old couple had actually slapped their doctors first.
The Weibo user, called “Old Wang loves drinking Tea”, posted the photos around 4:00 p.m. on January 18 with the caption: “…this CT doctor is beating his patients, an old couple!! I haven’t figured out the actual reason, but however unreasonable they were, the youngster shouldn’t be fighting with them.”
He added: “The elderly couple were about to use the CT scanner next door but the doctor wasn’t there. So they came to another room, the one I was in. The old lady soon had an argument with the doctor. Then for no reason, they started [physically] fighting with each other”.
The hospital, affiliated with Tongji University, released a statement soon after, writing: “On January 18, a patient injured in a car accident (patient No.53) was sent to the X-ray room of this hospital at around 14:30. An elderly woman then insisted on having her husband (patient No.63) use the X-ray scan first.”
Picture from Weibo.
“The doctor present rejected their request and asked them to wait in the queue. However, they stayed there until patient No.54 was just about to enter the X-ray room. The doctor stopped them. Then the old lady started beating one doctor nearby, using her bill sheet to slap the doctor twice. She even choked one doctor’s neck”.
Soon after the statement was published, the red-faced Weibo user deleted his original post and created a new one the next day, saying that he regretted “not taking an accurate photo,” and that he “should have taken a video instead”.
The story further shines light on the increasing number of patient-on-doctor attacks reported across China’s hospitals. Last year, hospitals in Shanghai started training doctors and staff in self-defense as a result of recent attacks on hospital workers by patients and their family members.
by Luke Sun
[Images from ifeng.com via Southern Urban Daily]