A Chinese court sentenced to death Monday a patient who fatally stabbed a doctor over what he considered a botched nose operation, state media reported, in a case spotlighting China's overburdened health system.
Lian Enqing, 33, killed an ear, nose and throat specialist and injured two others because he "felt displeased with his nose and claimed to be suffering respiratory problems", the Xinhua state news agency said.
"While the hospital confirmed that the surgery was successful, Lian felt he was being cheated by the doctors," it cited Lian's sister as saying.
The attack last October prompted dozens of hospital staff to protest outside their workplace in Wenling city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, urging stronger safety guarantees in the face of periodic violence by patients.
Doctors in China, the world's most populous nation, are often overburdened with too many cases and taking bribes for better care is reportedly a widespread practice.
Authorities last month announced a one-year campaign to better protect hospital staff against attackers.