China doctors protest after murder by patient

China doctors protest after murder by patient
Staff members hold a protest outside a hospital in China in Oct 2013. The demonstration came after a patient stabbed three doctors, killing one. Attacks on hospital staff by patients have becoming increasingly common in China, where overcrowded facilities and medical corruption fuel frustration.

BEIJING - Chinese hospital staff protested on Monday after a patient killed one doctor and wounded two more, local media said, in the latest violence to hit the country's overburdened medical sector.

Dozens of doctors and nurses wearing white coats and blue surgical masks crowded outside their workplace in Wenling, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, photos posted on the major web portal Tencent showed.

The demonstrators held signs saying "Protect the safety of medical staff" and calling for respect, as crowds gathered around them.

Lian Enqing, 33, a patient who had been unhappy with the results of a minor nose operation, charged into the premises on Friday, police said on their verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

He stabbed to death an ear, nose and throat specialist and attacked two others before being subdued by security guards, police said.

The hospital said on its official Weibo account that the three doctors "were all wounded while seeing patients".

Reports of ordinary Chinese killing doctors surface periodically, reflecting deep discontent with the country's health sector.

Doctors often have too many patients to attend to fully and may reportedly supplement their modest incomes by taking bribes for better care.

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