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Hospitals spend heavily on security after attacks

By Li Xiang  (Global Times)

08:22, April 23, 2012

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A hospital employee was beaten by a female patient and three of her friends yesterday morning in the emergency room of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital. The four attackers fled after the assault, which allegedly started after the patient refused to take a tetanus antitoxin test.

This is the latest in a series of hospital clashes between medical staff and patients to hit the headlines in the past month, despite efforts by health and public security officials to boost security in hospitals.

Since March 23, three separate cases at the Peking University People's Hospital (PKUPH), the Aerospace General Hospital and the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University have killed one and injured five more staff members.

On Friday, Wang Baoming, a patient who stabbed doctor Xu Wen 18 times at Beijing Tongren Hospital in September, was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

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