Tuesday, December 3, 2013

China Medical Attacks

China Medical Attacks *
Hospital attack | Asian Attackers

The Chinese and world press have noted a "string" of attacks on hospitals and medical workers in China Over the 10 years to the end of 2011, details of 124 incidents of serious violence in hospitals have been collated. The incidents included 29 murders and 52 serious injuries, most of which were caused by stabbing or head injury. Others included a doctor who had acid poured on his face, another who had her throat cut, and an explosion in a hospital that caused five deaths and many injuries. Seventy eight of these incidents took place at specialist hospitals. Although most of the reported victims were doctors, nurses and other hospital staff have also been harmed. In China, doctors want to quit because of workplace violence: In October 2013, there were 3 incidents including 2 murders of doctors. There were three other reported stabbings of doctors by patients in China in March and April 2012 alone: one was fatal and two caused serious injury. Nearly 40% of medical personnel surveyed at 316 hospitals nationwide from December 2012 to July 2013 said they plan to give up their profession due to increased violence in hospitals.

Many of these attack appear to resemble terrorist attacks in all but motive


Called "Ni Yao"

What is Yi Nao?

  • • Yi Nao means medical or hospital disturbance (it can also refer to the gangs or individuals who create the disturbance)
  • • Use of Yi Nao to obtain compensation for perceived or actual medical malpractice has developed in many parts of China over the past 5-10 years
  • • Yi Nao receive a substantial cut of any compensation received
  • • Yi Nao gangs consist largely of unemployed people with a designated leader. They threaten and assault hospital personnel, damage facilities and equipment, and prevent the normal activities of the hospital
  • • Although some people approach Yi Nao to deal with medical disputes, Yi Nao also solicit business by wandering around hospitals, looking for potential “malpractice” cases and encouraging individuals to pursue them
  • • Yi Nao disturbances, many of which have been very serious with fatal consequences, have been widely reported in the Chinese press


References


Timeline


February 1, 20124 The Economist: One  gruesome period in October last year saw at  least six violent attacks by disgruntled patients on medical workers, including one that led to the death of a doctor. In 2012 there had been 11 such attacks and 7 deaths.

Chinese hospital staff protest over stabbing of doctors - The Guardian

www.theguardian.com › News › World news › China

Oct 28, 2013 - Chinese hospital staff protest over stabbing of doctors ... Dr Wang Yunjie died and the other two were wounded,


China Medical Attacks  October 25, 2013 3 incidents in one week: a Chinese man unhappy with the results of an operation on his nose stabbed a doctor at a hospital in Wenling city in the wealthy eastern province of Zhejiang to death and wounded two other doctors before he was restrained by security guards on October 25, 2013. And this is at least the third such attack in a week in China. Earlier in the week, a man killed himself by jumping from a hospital building after stabbing a doctor six times in northeastern Liaoning province after a disagreement over complications from surgery on his arm. And two doctors were also beaten up by angry family members of a patient who died in hospital in southern China's Guangdong province.   Chinese hospital staff later staged protests over attacks and stabbing of doctors

The average number of assaults on doctors increased to 27.3 per hospital in 2012, up from  20.6 in 2008, 

On 23 March 2012 a 17 year old boy with ankylosing spondylitis and tuberculosis was refused infliximab by a senior rheumatologist at the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University in northern China. He left the clinic, but quickly returned with a knife, and fatally stabbed Wang Hao, a junior doctor who was uninvolved in his case. Three other doctors were injured in the attack.

March - April 2012:  there were three other reported stabbings of doctors by patients in China in March and April 2012 alone: one was fatal and two caused serious injury. The perpetrators were all male, poor, and paying for their medical treatment. None had a criminal record or a diagnosis of mental illness, but all seemed to have a grievance against the hospital for problems with their treatment. 

In 2012, 18-year-old Li Mengnan who believing he had been denied medical treatment for a spinal condition purchased a fruit knife at a store across from a hospital and used it to stab to death a 28-year-old intern.

Year 2011

 10 years to the end of 2011, details of 124 incidents of serious violence in hospitals have been collated. The incidents included 29 murders and 52 serious injuries, most of which were caused by stabbing or head injury. 

Others included a doctor who had acid poured on his face, another who had her throat cut, and an explosion in a hospital that caused five deaths and many injuries. Seventy eight of these incidents took place at specialist hospitals


In 2011, a cancer patient in Beijing was arrested for attacking his doctor, also with a knife, after the surgeon said she was unable to remove a tumor. 

The average number of assaults on doctors increased to 27.3 per hospital in 2012, 

Number of assaults on doctors 20.6 per hospital in 2008, 

Year 2001


Cause of Hospital Explosion in Southwest China Unveiled Killed 5 people

Resembles terrorist bombing of building.
www.china.org.cn/english/23586.htm


Cause of Hospital Explosion in Southwest China Unveiled

A dispute with his eye doctor motivated Bao Jihou to ignite explosives in mid-November in the 3rd People's Hospital in Chongqing, northwest China. Police here said the November 14 blast in the ophthalmic department of the hospital killed five people, including Bao himself and his doctor, Li Mingsu, and injured 35 others. Bao, 55, was a villager in Linshui County in southwest China's Sichuan Province. He was diagnosed by Li as having a detached retina, and was hospitalized in neighboring Chongqing Municipality. Dissatisfied with the results of his eye operation, Bao argued with Li and vowed revenge. He wrote in a letter left to his family that he planned to filesuit against Li "in the nether world." Police concluded after an investigation that Bao put nitramine explosives on the fifth floor of the hospital, where Li worked. (People's Daily December 12, 2001)