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Chinese doctor critical after patient’s father stabs her repeatedly over treatment row

The father wanted his daughter to be treated using methods he found online; violent assault the latest in long line of attacks on medical staff in China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 11:43am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 11:58am

A woman doctor in northern China is in a critical condition after a patient’s father attacked her with a knife after an argument about how to treat his young daughter, according to a newspaper report.

The father of a four-year-old girl with the viral infection hand-foot-and-mouth disease stabbed the doctor on Tuesday at the Heping Hospital in Changzhi in Shanxi province, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

The attack left the doctor, Shen Wen, with nine major wounds, including one to her heart, the hospital was quoted as saying.

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The father, Peng Xiaoya, turned himself in to the police later that day, the report said.

Shen underwent emergency surgery, but her wounds are still life-threatening, the hospital said.

Peng had asked the doctor to treat his daughter using methods he found online, but she refused.

The father then rejected her suggested treatment.

The doctor was alone when she was stabbed in the hospital on Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating.

Violent disputes between doctors and patients, or their families, are not uncommon in China.

Many doctors complain of overwork and poor pay as the nation’s health services struggle to cope with the huge demands placed on them. Patients often feel dissatisfied with the standard of treatment and their high costs due to insufficient government subsidies.

Knife-wielding man attacks Chinese woman doctor making her rounds in hospital

Data from the Ministry of Health showed that 35 people were killed or injured in 11 violent incidents involving medical staff at hospitals in 2012. About 115,000 disputes between doctors and patients were officially recorded in 2014, according to state media reports.