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Doctor punches patient’s stomach because he came to emergency room 18 times

By Mason White 11:56 AM October 1, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A doctor was reprimanded after allegedly punching a patient in the stomach because he visited the emergency room too many times, police in Japan said.

Aomori police said that around 12:00 a.m., a male patient came to the Mutsu City General Hospital, complaining of elbow pain.

He was examined by a doctor and sent home. He returned at 1:30 a.m. by ambulance, complaining of pain in his abdomen.

The doctor examined him again and sent him home. At 4:00 a.m., another ambulance drove up to the hospital with the same man sitting in the back.

The latest visit was too much for the doctor to withstand, and he punched the patient in the abdomen.

Fortunately, the medical personnel on the scene quickly determined that there was no injury as a result of the punch and sent him home.

Police launched an investigation, and they learned that this patient had been brought to the hospital by ambulance a total of 18 times since the beginning of the year.

Most of the time, the patient was very intoxicated and belligerent with staff. The doctor was reprimanded for punching the patient.

Hospital officials made it clear that they won’t tolerate any violence.