More than 100 staff members from Yueyang Second People’s Hospital in Hunan held a silent protest after their colleague had been attacked the day before and was forced by a patient’s family to kneel before their dead relative following a failed emergency operation.
A staff member said that the hospital admitted a patient with wounds to his chest on August 20, but the patient died after emergency operation. The patient’s family held the attending doctor hostage, forcing him to kneel before the dead, according to the staff member.
They also smashed the hospital office then blocked the emergency department and outpatient department building, obstructing hospital operation for eight hours.
An official from the hospital confirmed the incident and called the police to defend their legal rights. Wang Junjian, president of Yueyang Municipal Public Health Bureau, revealed that an investigation was in process and a special committee was formed for the case. The officer of Department of Health under the Bureau said they were yet to contact the family.
According to the Bureau, the body was moved by the family to the morgue at 3:00 p.m., shortly after the patient’s death. At 4:15 p.m., some of the patient’s relatives rushed into the emergency department and began hitting the attending doctor, Li Zhenhua, before attempting to drag him off into the morgue. One of Li’s colleague’s broke it up along the way. The family then blocked the emergency department and other main entrances.
Around 140 cops were sent to maintain order. The hospital and the family finally reached an agreement at 11:00 p.m. to send the deceased to the funeral parlor.
The 30-year-old Li is a resident doctor in the emergency department.
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By Christy Lau