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Hospital jobs ... with free plastic surgery

STUDENTS are being offered free cosmetic surgery if they work at a Shanghai hospital over the summer.

Dozens of university students attended interviews at the hospital yesterday for one-month contracts as nursing helpers, cleaners, security guards and receptionists.

"We have 10 positions for students who, after working for a month, will be entitled to free plastic surgery worth up to 5,000 yuan (US$772) and a 5,000 yuan discount on more expensive services," said Liu Qi, a hospital official.

"We are particularly looking for students to work as receptionists.

A student from Shanghai Vocational Management College of Trade Union told Shanghai Daily that she was very happy to hear about the offer and dreamed of having jawbone reduction surgery, which costs around 30,000 yuan.

"It's very expensive and it would be good if I can cover certain costs myself," said the student, identified as Yang. "A good appearance is important for finding a job and for future development."

Yang's mother accompanied her to the hospital for the interview and said her only concern is the surgery risk.

However, an academic has dismissed the offer as a "PR stunt."

Gu Xiaoming, a sociologist from Fudan University, said everyone has the right to look as good as they can, but questioned the hospital's motives.

"Businesses shouldn't seek to attract students by offering unnecessary products such as plastic surgery," he said. "This is actually just a PR stunt by the hospital."

"The idea of exchanging students' labor and intelligence for products and service is good, if it is adopted by book stores," Gu said.

"Then the exchange is for something students really need."

"But cosmetic surgery is an invasive medical practice, and whether students can be treated appropriately on the prices offered is questionable."


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