Via the South China Morning Post: Nurse paralysed as shocking hospital attack by Nanjing official is caught on camera. Click through for a video. Excerpt:
Yuan Yaping, a 53-year-old civil servant who allegedly attacked a nurse at a Jiangsu hospital on February 25 because she was unhappy with the treatment her daughter had received, was detained on Wednesday, according to local police.
Chen Xingyu, the 20-year-old victim who worked at the Nanjing Stomatological Hospital, was paralysed by the attack and remains in hospital receiving treatment, according to authorities in Nanjing.
The attack, which made headlines in online forums and in newspapers, enraged China’s medical community and drew an outpouring of sympathy for the victim throughout the country.
The fact that police took more than a week to detain Yuan has especially angered observers online. Many blamed police for yielding to the political influence of Yuan's family and speculated they had hidden major evidence from the public.
Nanjing police later explained they were only able to detain Yuan after the seriousness of Chen’s injuries had been determined by medical experts.
In a video clip released by Nanjing Stomatological Hospital, which records the alleged attack in its entirety, Yuan is seen hitting Chen on the back with an umbrella.
The video later shows Yuan shoving and pushing Chen during a physical confrontation. Dong Anqing, Yuan’s husband, is seen in the video attacking hospital staff who came to Chen’s rescue.
Yuan is deputy director of the government-run Jiangsu Science and Technology Museum in Nanjing and Dong is a senior publicity official at the Jiangsu Provincial Procuratorate office. Both have been suspended by their employers following the alleged attack, media reports said.
The SCMP also has a story today about a mob in Guangdong confronting a doctor after the death of a patient who had been admitted after excessive drinking.
This is an established and worrying trend in Chinese medical care, and it doesn't bode well for hospitals' ability to cope with disease outbreaks that cause considerable social anxiety.