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City lags in environment, jobs

DESPITE spending the most on public services, Shanghai ranked low in its performance on environmental protection, employment service and medical care in a survey on major Chinese cities issued yesterday.

Though the city ranked third in its overall performance in public services, it was only 11th in basic medical care, 29th in environmental protection and 34th in employment.

"The city needs to improve its investment efficiency in the future," said Chen Xian, a researcher and professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The school's Antai College of Economics and Management began the research last year and released the report on 35 cities.

Beijing earned the top spot in performance on public services, and had the second largest investment in them. Shenzhen showed the next best performance, with the third largest investment.

Eastern cities including Shanghai and Beijing occupied the first tier, while most western cities lagged behind.

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

The report judged city's public service performance from five categories including basic facilities (such as roads, public transit, telephones), health and employment.

Environmental protection was measured by a city's air quality and waste management.

"Shanghai is a super big city in the country, where garbage processing and pollution are always a problem," Chen said.

Medical care was measured by the number of medical staff and medical facilities for every 1,000 people. Employment was gauged by increases of people with jobs.

Shanghai's large and expanding population is the main cause of the bad performances, researchers said.

"The city needs to make efforts to improve the three public service items. We will issue the index every year for social reference and comparison," Chen said.

The statistics used for comparisons in the report were from 2006 and gathered from public materials, the authors said.


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