China Doctor and Nurse Are Hazardous Jobs; Hospitals, Cash CowsPosted: March 18, 2016
Doctors and nurses had high esteem before Mao’s “Great” Cultural Revolution, female doctors and nurses were even regarded as angels in white. However, as they are intellectuals, they were looked down along with other intellectuals during the Cultural Revolution. Successful doctors, like other successful intellectuals were persecuted and humiliated as reactionary academic authorities.
However, intellectuals have recovered their respectful status since the end of the Cultural Revolution, except doctors and nurses.
Yesterday, SCMP gave a story reblogged by me titled “Doctor forced to kneel, burn offerings after baby’s death at Shenzhen hospital” of a doctor being humiliated and related medical staff being assaulted by patients who blamed the doctor and medical staff for the death of their beloved child.
Whether the doctor and medical staff have committed an error of negligence shall not be decided by patients’ relatives without professional knowledge. It shall be determined through investigation by a group of experts organized by medical association.
Even if, in rare case, the doctor has indeed committed an error or been negligent, he shall be punished according to regulations and law by competent authority. Patients’ relatives have no right to take over the authority to punish the doctor themselves.
According to the report, police is investing the case and the offenders may be punished. Still, we may make allowance for the offenders as they have become wild and violent due to the loss of their beloved only child.
In fact, such cases of emotional attack of medical staff are not common compared with the cases of violence and threat of violence for compensation for patients’ death.
Due to moral degeneration, some people regard hospitals as cash cows to make quick money from with the excuse of medical staff’s error or negligence in causing their relatives’ death. Those people sometimes use the threat to attack medial staff to force hospitals to pay unreasonably high compensations and sometimes attacked medical staff due to dissatisfaction about the compensations. There are often organized criminal gangs behind them.
Such violence due to illegal demand for compensation and the deceased’ relatives’ fury has turned doctors and nurses’ jobs quite hazardous ones.
SCMP gives a story in its report today titled “Chinese man pours petrol over nurse in hospital lift, tries to set her on fire after mother’s death” of a nurse being poured petrol by a deceased patient’s son. She was fortunate as the offender was stopped by four people who took quick action to rescue the nurse at her call for help before the offender had time to set fire on her.
We do not know whether the man is instigated by organized crime as the violent death of a nurse may soften the hospital’s resistance to unreasonable demands for compensation. Even if the man is furious, it simply did not make sense for him to take revenge indiscriminately on that specific nurse.
Full text of the SCMP reports yesterday and today can respectively be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1925182/police-detain-12-people-chinese-hospital-after-doctor-forced-burn and http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1926349/chinese-man-pours-petrol-over-nurse-hospital-lift-tries-set-her