Xinhua carried an article that was originally published in Beijing Youth Daily about the shortage of doctors at the Beijing 120 emergency center. The article stated that the emergency center can’t meet the minimum staff capacity requirement and can only respond to 90 percent of the emergency calls it receives. Some of the reasons for the shortage of doctors include the high risk factor, physical beatings from the patients, an excessive workload, and a low pay rate. The Beijing health bureau is currently working on a plan to create an emergency rescue worker position to staff the center. Those workers will need to be certified but a medical doctor’s degree will not be required. The detailed plan is expected to come out in 2014.
Source: Xinhua, January 12, 2014