China faces critical pediatrician shortage

China Daily, February 18, 2011

Zhu said China has only 60 pediatric hospitals for training pediatricians at present, but due to being burdened with too many patients, each hospital can train about 30 pediatric doctors every year which is far below the national need.

Despite pediatric health care resources already being stretched, the country still has no overall planning and long-term goals for its development, Zhu claimed.

What's more, the lack of government investment has already hindered the development of pediatrics, Zhu added.

He suggests China should list pediatric development in public health services in the country's 12th Five-Year Plan and actively establish more children's hospitals all over the country.

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