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Chinese Justice- Burn down the Hospital!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 9, 2010


TAIYUAN – Three doctors were severely injured when a man, allegedly unhappy with his treatment, set fire inside a hospital in the capital of North China’s Shanxi province

The accused Ji Ruilin, 34, first emptied a bottle of petrol inside the hospital before lighting up the fuel, leading to an explosion. Ji, a factory owner from Qingxu county of Taiyuan, broke into an office in the Affiliated Hospital of China Institute of Radiation Protection and launched his attack, scalding three doctors, including the president of the hospital, and himself

He claimed for compensation from the hospital several times, saying he was still feeling discomfort in his shoulder, the doctor said.

The attack was the latest in a series of violent disputes between hospitals and patients that have prompted hospitals to hire security guards to protect their staff.

Ji allegedly broke into the hospital director’s office at 11:50 am, just before lunch break, with a bottle of petrol and a lighter and set fire in the cabin, where director Zhang Zhiping, the hospital’s Party secretary Fan Zehua and doctor Lu Chao were in discussion.

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