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Elderly care, doctor training among key issues addressed

By Zhang Yue | China Daily | Updated: 2018-02-06 10:04
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During the past week, a number of ministries, including the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, have answered concerns from the public and introduced policies on a wide variety of issues. These include training for general practitioners and quality improvement.

A nurse takes care of an elderly patient at a Kangning Hospital in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Progress seen in platforms to boost services for elderly

Elderly care services have seen "notable progress" after a nationwide program in 2017 during which more than 40,000 nursing homes were requested to "make improvements", the minister of civil affairs said.

Huang Shuxian, minister of civil affairs, said at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office on Thursday that several moves, including further opening up of the elderly care market to private capital, have also contributed to the progress.

He said these moves will be continued to meet the needs and demands from elderly citizens.

Statistics from the ministry show the number of private nursing homes in China saw a year-on-year increase of 7.8 percent, and elderly care facilities based in residential communities increased by 41.3 percent.

Gao Xiaobing, vice-minister of civil affairs, said inspections in 2017 found and rectified almost 200,000 issues in nursing homes nationwide and the effect was obvious, with accidents dropping by almost a quarter in 2017.

To further improve the quality of workers engaged in the industry, Gao called for a pay raise and more respect for the profession.

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