City Still in Need of More Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
A forum held last Sunday showed that the number of Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors in Shenzhen is one third of the number of TCM doctors in Hong Kong, where there are 9,000 certified TCM doctors.
With most of the TCM doctors in Hong Kong owning private clinics, the Hong Kong government decided to set up an out-patient department for traditional Chinese medicine in local hospitals since there is no special hospital in Hong Kong for traditional Chinese medicine. This has been a long time wish for Hong Kong residents to have a traditional Chinese medicine hospital.
Some Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors are hoping to establish the practice on the mainland but are currently undergoing a complicated procedure in applying. Mainland TCM doctors need to be employed in one of the five universities in Hong Kong before they can practice TCM there.
The Shenzhen association of Traditional Chinese Medicine has close cooperation with Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners in Hong Kong and in Shenzhen, and because of this, the Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital was able to establish agreements with Universities in Hong Kong that will allow mainland TCM doctors to work in the universities.
The 10th World Traditional Medicine Day forum closed last Sunday in Shenzhen.