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Chinese doctors visit Thurrock

FIFTEEN Chinese doctors from various hospitals in Wuxi City, in Jiangsu Province, China, visited the local NHS headquarters last week as part of a training exercise to learn about the health system in England, and to see how they can replicate the system when they return home.

NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who hosted the international GPs at their offices in Grays, Thurrock on Wednesday 16 September, welcomed the opportunity to share their knowledge of the National Health Service and local general practice provision.

The visit, organised by Essex International (Essex County Council), was part of a training programme for senior Chinese GPs in China to help them to develop a new healthcare system in China.

Mandy Ansell, the CCG’s (Acting) Interim Accountable Officer, led the session with the GPs and gave an overview of the NHS structure and how GP practices sit within it. The delegates were very interested to learn how they could strengthen the role of local GPs back in China, as their system relies very heavily on patients visiting hospitals for non-emergency treatments.

Mandy said: “We were happy to make time to share knowledge with our Chinese visitors. It was also an opportunity for us to reflect on how fortunate we are to have our NHS and general practice workforce. Yes, the system is complicated and locally we are working hard to improve the local primary care provision, but we must remember that nationally, GPs see over one million people every working day. It was very gratifying to see that our international visitors see our system as one worth emulating.”

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