TWO local hospitals - including Shenzhen People's Hospital and the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital - are among the first batch of nine hospitals in a plan that aims to cultivate around 20 hospitals in Guangdong to reach international level, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported Thursday.
According to the plan, the provincial finance department will allocate about 6 billion yuan (US$939 million) to support the selected hospitals in the next three years, with an annual budget of 2 billion yuan. Each hospital will receive about 300 million yuan.
The funds will be directly allocated to the hospitals, and will be independently managed and used by the hospitals in the areas of talent introduction, and the construction of teaching and scientific research platforms. In principle, the funds should not be used for infrastructure.
The plan is intended to select two batches of hospitals. In the second half of 2018, around 10 other hospitals will be selected for the second batch, focusing on strong general and specialized hospitals and also one hospital in northern Guangdong.
It has been reported that the selected hospitals should currently have strong capabilities and rank among the top 150 hospitals in China. Meanwhile, they should have the potential to achieve significant improvements in terms of overall medical quality to become first-class hospitals.
Qiu Chen, head of Shenzhen People's Hospital, said the implementation of the plan will become a milestone in the development of the hospital's medical technology and academic influence, and bring benefits to Shenzhen residents.
"As a model for the reform of the city's public hospitals, our hospital will continue to explore the reform pattern and institutional innovation at Chinese hospitals to the international level," said Lo Chung-mau, head of the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital.
In the next three years, the selected hospitals are expected to achieve remarkable results in the treatment of difficult and critical diseases, clinical medical research, the introduction and training of innovative talents and the management of hospitals.
Guangdong will strive to build a comprehensive national-level medical center and a number of national-level specialized medical centers, regional medical centers and regional traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment centers by 2022.