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Hospital killings deter prospective doctors in China

(China Daily)

09:42, December 17, 2012

BEIJING - Med school students who once dreamed of healing the sick and rescuing the dying are reconsidering their job options, as a spate of attacks targeting doctors have led them to fear that they could be targeted as well.

A report in the China Youth Daily has illustrated the jitters medical students are feeling following two recent hospital attacks that left one doctor and a head nurse dead and several others injured.

Zhang Yan, a clinical medicine student at Fudan University, still considers practicing medicine to be a worthy goal.

"The meaning of life lies in serving the people," he said.

Zhang, however, found that curing sickness is no simple matter after interning at local hospitals.

"It's not only your expertise that matters. Your communication skills with different people also count," he said, adding that he believes a lack of trust between doctors and patients has led to worsening relations.

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