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Shanghai ambulance calls will be prioritized

ABOUT 25 percent of calls for ambulances in the city are for non-emergencies and the Shanghai Medical Emergency Center said today such calls will be placed in a queue until urgent patient transfers are completed.

The center said too many patients with minor ailments are calling for ambulances and with limited resources they have no choice but to prioritize calls.

Ambulances responded to 595,000 calls in the city last year, the most in the nation.

Shanghai has doubled its ambulance service capability compared to 2010, but a shortage remains, mostly due to a lack of first-aid doctors.

Health officials said the city will train more first aid doctors and plan to raise their pay to make the profession more attractive.


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