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China's rise in patient-doctor attacks

28 February 2014 Last updated at 00:30 GMT

Attacks by patients on doctors in China are rising rapidly, with hospitals suffering an average of one violent attack every two weeks, according to state media.

In February, a doctor at a hospital in central China had his throat slashed by an angry patient. The day before, in the north-east of the country, another doctor was beaten to death by a patient wielding a pipe.

But what is behind the rise in attacks?

John Sudworth reports.

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