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Call for stricter laws to deal with illegal foreign doctors in China

A POLITICAL adviser is calling for stricter laws and regulations to deal with foreign doctors who illegally practise medicine in China.

Li Qingfeng, a doctor at the Shanghai No. 9 People’s Hospital, said many foreign doctors are exploiting loopholes of a 1993 temporary regulation that allows foreign doctors to treat patients in China for a short time.

Li said the regulation, which was amended in 2003, was out-of-date and had many loopholes. The foreign doctors apply for a short-term permit but keep extending them repeatedly.

“They keep extending their stay but there is no law or regulation to supervise their long-term practice in China,” Li said.

He claimed some medical institutes arrange for foreign doctors to work in China over a long period and charged patients  exorbitantly high. Li said it was also common of foreign doctors practising out of their area of expertise. He said a foreign obstetrician has done plastic surgeries, endangering the lives of patients.

Li urged the city government to come up with a law to target the illegal medical practice of foreign doctors, especially those who have a record of medical malpractices abroad.



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