City Plans to Build More TCM Hospitals by 2015
To further promote the local development of the traditional Chinese medicine industry, the city will be building more public traditional Chinese medicine hospitals of different levels based on the new set of goals released for TCM services.
By 2015 TCM hospitals and TCM departments of the integrated public hospitals will have a total of 1,736 beds to offer to the public, which is nearly 1.5 times the current bed offered. Under the new goals, it is stated that at least 60 percent of beds in every TCM facility should be provided for TCM patients. While 5 percent of the beds at integrated hospitals will be given to TCM departments.
A special fund will be created so more money can be invested in the promotion of the development of the city’s public TCM hospitals and departments. High end professionals in related fields will be invited to practice in the city’s TCM and more research centers will be established to assist in the medical research and development organizations. Community clinics in the city need to recruit around 300 TCM doctors and medical professionals by 2015.
A standard for prescriptions, medication and operations of TCM facilities is also being planned. So far there are no standards implemented in the city’s TCM industry that regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution, storage and uses. These lacks of standards have brought several negative influences in the city’s TCM industry and held back its development. Also digital technology and information service platform will also be introduced to help hospitals and doctors share information and resources.