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14th NPC Deputy: This ER doctor believes general physicians needed to carry out patient allocation for China's 447 mln villagers



There was no medical service at all in Qingxi Village for nearly three years before Emergency Room Doctor Xu Xiaochan volunteered to help.

"To get to the clinic, villagers had to walk for over an hour. This was even after they took a shortcut by climbing mountainous roads," Xu told CGTN.

Xu works as a ER doctor at the second affiliated hospital of Anhui Medical University, one of the major general hospitals in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province. She relocated to the small village lying deep in the mountains of Huangshan alongside her husband, who's also a doctor in 2019.

She spent three years in the mountains, where she took care of the local villagers and developed deep relationship with them. "It's challenging to be a village doctor. I am still worried about the conditions in the village even after leaving," Xu said.

Because of her experience there, Xu was elected as the deputy to the 14th National People's Congress. At the Two Sessions, she raised suggestions on the expansion of village doctors and got feedback from the National Health Commission.

The organ decided to introduce a mechanism for targeted training of such staff, waiving tuition and accommodation fees for junior college students who choose to be village doctors after graduation. "We've solved the problems of the dearth of village doctors. Now it's how to better their abilities that we should worry about."

Check out Xu's story as she explains in detail her suggestion submitted to the country's top legislature this year.

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