Why the Chinese Are Beating Up and Even Killing Their Doctors
In most countries, proud parents are delighted when a son or daughter decides to become a doctor when they grow up. In China, such a choice is now a source of parental trepidation: medical professionals are increasingly being threatened, humiliated, attacked and occasionally murdered by their disgruntled patients.
According to figures from the China Hospital Association, there were, on average, 27.3 serious assaults on doctors and nurses per hospital in 2012, up 35 per cent from 2006.
The situation had become so severe by the end of 2013 that many hospitals had substantially beefed up security. Hospital guards were receiving emergency training on how to identify situations that could turn ugly, as well as how to mediate in clashes. A number of top healthcare institutions in Shanghai went as far as to announce that they might employ one guard for every 20 beds.