Men attack mob angry over death of patient

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2011, 12:00am


About 200 people, many wielding sticks and metal bars, clashed at a hospital in Jiangxi's provincial capital on Tuesday over the death of a patient in an operating room, highlighting the distrust between patients' families and medical staff on the mainland.

Nearly 100 relatives and friends of the dead patient, holding either spears or metal bars, were about to enter the First Hospital of Nanchang at around 10am to demand an explanation, when they were ambushed by more than 100 men armed with wooden or metal clubs, according to JXGDW, a website operated by the provincial Radio, Film and Television Bureau.

The report said the unidentified men chased and beat up the patient's relatives and friends and smashed their vehicles. Some wore police vests or helmets. They retreated into the hospital when scores of police officers arrived at the scene.

Repeated calls to the hospital went unanswered yesterday.

It was at least the second medical dispute to turn violent in Nanchang in the past few weeks.

In late June, two relatives were beaten to death and four others injured when they, along with dozens of other relatives and friends, rushed into the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University and were attacked by a group of unidentified men clad in what resembled police uniforms, a local doctor who declined to be named said yesterday.