Hospital Extension to Open Earlier as Planned
The extension of the Shenzhen Children’s Hospital in Futian will be operational sooner as expected. The hospital was initially set to open on September next year but was move to June per Vice Mayor Wu Yihuan request to speed up its construction to ease overcrowding in the hospital.
The government is willing to support the hospital’s construction and special policies will be made to solve any construction problems. The government has also asked the construction team to be careful over safety and quality issues.
Built in 1997 the hospital is designed to receive 2,000 patients in a day when the population was only 4 million. Now the hospital receives 4,000 patients a day and it’s adequate to deal with the sharp increase of the number of new born babies. In 2011 around 1.5 million children patients have received treatment in the outpatient and emergency departments.
Currently the hospital faces a shortage in staff, so far there are only 308 doctors, 427 nurses and 124 medical equipment technicians. The medical staff has been working overtime all year long and three of the hospital’s senior doctors were allowed to go only leave last year because of family emergencies.