Here are some folks that jumped straight into the “anger” portion of the grieving process. A 22-year-old man died of kidney failure in a Shanghai hospital’s intensive care unit on October 17, and his family responded by trashing equipment, etc. Reports Sina:
It’s reported that the patient’s relatives even tried to make a doctor kneel down and apologize to the dead. Two have been arrested for further investigation.
We’ve seen plenty of Chinese hospital fights before, and heard stories of doctors being chased to their deaths by the bereaved relatives of patients, and hospitals launching retaliatory mob squads. There’s no question that security is a problem.
The proposed solution seems somewhat imperfect, but it’s a start:
China's answer to attacks on hospital staff by irate patients, families: require a security guard for every 20 beds: http://t.co/XLcZXkz67C
— Chris Buckley 储百亮 (@ChuBailiang) October 23, 2013
We’ll still see scuffles though, as hospital visits will remain frustrating, and failures inevitable. Maybe the next fight will involve security guards.