Each district to have at least one public TCM hospital

Writer: Wang Jingli  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2023-01-10

Each district in Shenzhen should have at least one public traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) comprehensive hospital, according to the newly amended Shenzhen TCM regulation that will be implemented as scheduled on March 1.

The regulation aims to promote the innovative development of TCM and allow citizens to enjoy more convenient and quality TCM services, according to Shenzhen Special Zone Daily.

Citizens with reduced mobility can obtain rehabilitation services such as TCM tuina, or Chinese therapeutic massage, at home, as the regulation will allow qualified TCM professionals to offer door-to-door medical services.

Public comprehensive hospitals, maternity and child healthcare hospitals, infectious disease hospitals and other hospitals that have the resources and facilities should set up a TCM department and pharmacy.

The number of beds at the TCM department of public comprehensive hospitals above second-class should be at least 50 or not less than 5% of the total hospital beds.

Community healthcare service centers should also offer TCM services.

In addition, Shenzhen’s regulation on the promotion of the cell and gene industry, the first of its kind in China, and the city’s social credit regulation will also be implemented March 1.

Shenzhen has been giving priority to the development of its biomedical industry, while the cell and gene sector represents the main direction in the development of the biomedical industry.

The cell and gene regulation encourages enterprises and research institutes to participate in the formulation of related international and national standards on gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, as well as support medical institutions in using genetic technology to assist clinical diagnosis.

Shenzhen’s social credit regulation will provide a solid legal guarantee for building the city’s social credit system and will help create an honest and trustworthy social environment and an enabling business environment, according to the Daily report.

In order to avoid abuse of authority by public management institutions for disciplinary measures on untrustworthiness, the regulation has specified which behaviors are subject to punishment.

Penalties should be reconsidered for minor misconducts that don’t cause harmful consequences or first-time violators, as per the regulation.