Tuesday, 20 November 2012

One in three doctors in China have disputes with patients

About 30 percent of medical personnel in China have had disputes with patients, according to the findings of a national conference of hospital presidents in central China's Wuhan City on Saturday. It's not a surprising discovery if you consider the frequent hospital brawls between patients and doctors in recent years. In September, a man dissatisfied with his treatment stabbed four medical staff and a security guard in Shenzhen Pengcheng Hospital, leaving two of them seriously wounded. In March, a teenager stabbed a doctor to death and injured three others at a hospital in the northeastern city of Harbin as he misunderstood his treatment prescribed by doctors. According to survey results published by the China Hospital Management Association, medical-treatment disputes have risen by an average of 23 percent every year since 2002. This wave of violence underscores deepening strain in doctor-patient relations. A big part of the problem is an overcrowded and under-funded medical system. Seemingly, the clashes originate from mistrust between doctors and patients. Actually, deviation from the hospitals' public brief has led to this appalling trend. Hospitals' pursuit of profits due to insufficient funding has made the relationship between doctors and patients one of competition. Doctors sometimes prescribe excessively and overuse medical equipment to satisfy the operating costs, a practice that often leads to resentment.

Read more: Xinhua

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