A doctor in Guangxi suffered severe burns over at least 30 percent of his body after an angry patient splashed him with gasoline and set him on fire.
The incident occurred at around 8:40 a.m. today in the Radiology Department of the First Affiliated Hospital at Gaungxi Medical University. A 37-year-old nasopharyngeal cancer patient, surnamed Wang, carried a small bottle of gasoline with him into the building then splashed it onto a doctor surnamed Tan before torching him.
Local police arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident was reported and arrested the suspect.
Further investigation is currently underway, Tencent News reports.
The case follows a string of attacks on hospital workers, including an incident last May in which three Shanghai doctors were slashed by a knife-wielding patient. After several reports of violent clashes between medical staff and patients in recent years, Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital invited instructors to train its staff in self-defense, and the Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai did the same.
An expert cited in the report said most patient-doctor conflicts tend to occur in the orthopedic, gynecology and obstetrics departments of hospitals.
By Crystal Lau
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