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Advisers want support to retain first-aid doctors

Higher pay, more government funding and better career development should be provided to emergency medical professionals in an effort to ease the shortfall of first-aid doctors in the city, political advisers suggested yesterday.

There have been several cases of patients dying after waiting for a long time for emergency care in the city.

By June last year, there were only 605 first-aid doctors in the city, far below the target of 1,000. The turnover of first-aid doctors is also high at over 50 percent every year.

“The shortage of emergency personnel has resulted in overtime work for first-aid doctors and long wait of ambulance,” said political advisor Yan Yanyun. “The current number of first-aid doctors cannot meet the need of local citizens.”

Yan said hospitals should offer better salaries and promotion opportunities for first-aid doctors to retain them.

Political adviser Wang Gang called for more government support to improve the city’s emergency medical services as Shanghai is aging rapidly. The number of seniors now accounts for one-fourth of the city’s population.



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