BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the highlights of China's key health news from the past week:
-- Better public hospital management
China's National Health Commission (NHC) called on public hospitals to improve their management in a bid to promote healthcare quality and efficiency.
Public hospitals should enhance their service quality and economic benefits, said Ma Xiaowei, head of the commission.
The move requires public hospitals to spend more on improving medical doctors' incomes instead of the hospitals' equipment or buildings.
-- Nursing union established
Nine prestige hospitals set up a nursing union Wednesday to cultivate more clinic nurses amid China's efforts to ease the shortage of professionals and quality nursing resources.
The union, initiated by the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, will focus on training by sharing member hospitals' education resources, formulate standards on nurse cultivation nationwide, and play a model role in the field.
-- China has over 4 mln registered nurses
The number of registered nurses in China exceeded 4 million at the end of 2018, rising to 3 nurses per 1,000 people, the NHC announced Wednesday.
Registered nurses make up nearly 50 percent of the country's healthcare professionals, said Jiao Yahui, an official with the commission, at a press conference ahead of International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12. Enditem