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China's med school grads afraid to become doctors  

调查称中国八成医科生未从医 医患冲突成心病

2013-11-04 12:57 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Gu Liping

(ECNS) -- About 80 percent of medical school graduates in China are choosing to change their career paths, influenced mostly by the threat of doctor-patient conflicts, according to China National Radio (CNR).

Citing a recent survey, CNR said that less than 20 percent of medical students will choose to become doctors.

Wang Zhi, a graduate from the China Academy of Medical Sciences, has decided to pursue higher education, saying that intensive doctor-patient relations have discouraged many from going into the profession.

Li Ling, a professor at Peking University and expert on medical reform, said the reputations of doctors in China have been harmed by systemic corruption. If the situation continues, the following years will see even fewer doctors, she added.

Liao Xinbo, the deputy head of Guangdong's health and family planning department, said the situation is so bad that many small medical schools can't even enroll enough students.

Liao also said that many hospitals in rural areas lack medical professionals, and suggested increasing salaries to attract more young people.

Due to deteriorating doctor-patient relations, 27.3 percent of hospital doctors were assaulted in 2012, a rise from 20 percent in 2008, the China Hospital Association has said, adding that attacks on medical workers occur every two weeks on average.

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