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Shanghai rates third in public services

SHANGHAI has been ranked third in China for the efficiency of its public services in an index issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University today, despite spending the most on the sector.

"The city needs to improve its investment efficiency in the future," said Chen Xian, a researcher and professor of the school's Antai College of Economics and Management.

The school began its public service research last year, measuring "inputs" and "outputs" of investment in 35 cities across China, rating them on criteria such as environmental protection, medical care, and government services.

Beijing earned the top spot with the second-largest investment and Shenzhen won second place with the third-largest investment.

Eastern advanced cities including Shanghai and Beijing occupied the first tier while most cities in the west of China lagged behind both in investment and efficiency.

"Apart from the gap between cities and rural areas, the inequality of public service among domestic cities is also very large," Chen said.

Shanghai shows poor performance in environmental protection, employment services and basic medical care.

It ranked 29th in environmental protection, gauged by a city's air quality and garbage processing, 11th in basic medical care, measured by the amount of medical staff and facilities for every 1000 people, and 34th in public service, gauged by the increase in staffing.


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