Shenzhen Should Add More General Practitioners in Community Health Centers
During a meeting yesterday the president elect of the Royal College of Physicians Timothy William Evans said that the city should increase the number of trained general practitioners at community health centers. He said that there should be more general practitioners in every community that offers primary health care to residents and resources at hospitals and health centers should be integrated to help save costs.
Even with the difference with the health systems of U.K. and China his suggestions was well received by Chinese medical experts. There are 2,600 general practitioners in Shenzhen in nearly 600 community health centers which is fewer than 6,000 the required amount of GPs based on the city’s population of more than 14 million people. Furthermore an increase in the number of Chinese students that are having second thoughts in studying medicine due to deteriorating relations between a doctor and patients in China.
Also working as a community GP is a low paying job given with the level of expertise that is required which also discouraging students from studying medicine. This prompted Evans to propose to make it mandatory for all medical students in learning and practice general medicine before proceeding into any specialty. And to further invite medical professionals, local government units and hospitals must offer favorable policies, increase salaries and give general practitioners promotions. Hospitals should also require their specialists to practice general medicine as part of their rotation.
Still most residents go to large hospitals o seek the help of specialists even when they suffer from minor ailments that can be treated by general practitioners in their community health centers.