The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 mill
ion as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 percent held a junior colleg
e degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
Last year, there were 150 million people 60 years or above living with chronic diseases
in China. Of those, 44 million were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.
“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.
The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursing services for the e
lderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.
Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to provid
e beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.