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Medical career losing appeal as top option (2)

By Wang Qingyun  (China Daily)

16:25, January 05, 2013

In the latest serious case, a 62-year-old man killed a female doctor, Kang Hongqian, with an ax in North China's Tianjin on Nov 29, 2012.

The man went to the first hospital affiliated with Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine twice in 2011 to be treated for hemiplegy caused by a stroke, China Youth Daily reported.

The man was acting strangely, a doctor in the hospital told the newspaper, but said he couldn't remember any dispute between him and the hospital before the killing took place.

Han Baojie, a doctor in the hospital and Kang's former colleague, said he and many co-workers made up their minds not to allow their children to practice medicine after the case.

The Chinese Medical Doctor Association found that 78 percent of the 3,700 doctors it surveyed in March 2011 said they didn't want their children to study medicine, while in 2009, 62.5 percent of the 3,200 subjects surveyed expressed the same opinion.

In all the surveys conducted around the country in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2011, the association found that the rate of doctors willing to see their children become medical students was dropping.

The lack of value and pride in the job was also evident in the fact that 96 percent of doctors surveyed in 2011 believed that their salary didn't match their labor.

"Being a doctor should be a job that elites aspire to," said Deng Liqiang, director of the association's legal affairs department, who was also in charge of the survey.

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