China Braces on Possible Increase in Birthrate as Policy Changes
The family planning and health authorities in local levels said that they are prepared for the loosening up of the one child policy and is capable in responding to the expected increase in birthrate. The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party has decided that couples with either spouse being the only child are permitted to have two children.
Meanwhile the Beijing Commission of Health and Family Planning have studied the possible effect of the policy change on the population and is already preparing for any outcome. But under the population and family planning law that the decision to change the policy at a provincial level must be done by the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress in the region. This means that any couples planning to have another child must wait until lawmakers give the go signal for the change.
The Beijing Health Bureau said that several maternal and child care service centers are now developing plans that will expand the number of hospital beds and to further improve services that will cope with the expected increase in new births. The Guangdong provincial commission for health and family planning is also working out their own measures that will make eligible residents to avail of the policy as soon as it’s approved. The Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission is also making its own plans to support the policies.
Population authorities are ensuring that supporting services and its facilities will be ready. Although there is plenty of work that still needs to be done before the new policy can take effect. The commission needs to check its figures and create a plan that will help in the transition of the old policy to the new one.