Junior doctor stabbed to death by angry patient

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am


A junior doctor admitted to a PhD programme in Hong Kong was stabbed to death by an angry patient while at work in a Harbin hospital on Friday.

Wang Hao, 28, was one of four doctors stabbed by a patient who had gone to the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University with a spinal inflammation, according to a hospital statement.

Doctors also diagnosed the patient with tuberculosis and advised him to have a check-up at a hospital specialising in lung diseases. When he returned with the results, he was advised to treat the TB before tackling the spinal inflammation.

Believing he had been refused treatment, the patient returned a second time with a knife and stabbed four doctors in the office of the rheumatology and immunology department, Xinhua reported.

Wang, who had recently gained a place in a Chinese University doctorate programme, died of his injuries. His three colleagues survived the attack.

The patient, who tried to cut his own throat, was detained by police.