Overworked sleeping Chinese doctor captures the hearts of a nation

Overworked sleeping Chinese doctor captures the hearts of a nation

 has recently taken China’s media by storm with thousands of netizens calling for more understandings for dedicated, conscientious and overworked doctors.

Ren Tailiang, from the neonatal division of the Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Huaian, east China’s Jiangsu Province, unexpectedly dozed off while inputting the medical record of one of his patients after working for 15 hours non-stop from around 5 p.m. on Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
MORE WORK FOLLOWING SECOND-CHILD POLICY
“I’m deeply impressed at the sight, and my heartfelt empathy goes to all the doctors who have worked even harder in response to the booming newborns since the second-child policy officially took effect,” said Ren’s colleague Qiu Aijuan, who immediately took the snap and posted it on her Wechat (a social-networking platform in China similar to Facebook or Instagram).
She further noted that she was surprised and delighted how the photo has been widely circulated on social media with numerous people expressing their appreciation as well as gratitude to the hard work of China’s medical professionals.
“I worked overnight since I had to check the conditions of new-born patients in the ICU at regular intervals every one-and-half hours, while taking care of several newcomers” said Ren, adding that he had never expected to be thrust into the spotlight for simply doing his job.
TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES
The story however highlights two growing issues in China: the condition of medical staff and China’s culture of long working hours.
There has been growing concern over the tension between doctors and patients over the years and a worsening of the doctor-patient relationship. There have been high profile reports of doctors being attacked by patients unhappy with their treatment, or the treatment of their loved ones, leading to the injuries and even deaths of multiple doctors. The latest case occurred on October 4 in a local hospital in Laiwu, east China’s Shandong Province, where a pediatrician died after a knife attack for not being able to save the life of a child.
There are also concerns about the culture of long working hours across China. The average Chinese worker puts in somewhere between 2,000 and 2,200 hours each year compared to an OECD average of 1,766 hours.
SLEEP OR NO SLEEP, PATIENTS COME FIRST
“It is always our mission to spare no efforts to treat every patient,” said Ji Donglin, a senior neonatal physician in Ren's hospital, in response to his colleague's dedication, adding “in making every effort, we also hope the patient’s family could render us doctors more understanding and patience.”
Overworked sleeping Chinese doctor captures the hearts of a nation Overworked sleeping Chinese doctor captures the hearts of a nation Reviewed by lawson james on November 17, 2016 Rating: 5

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