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[Viewpoint] Who will be wielding the lancet for China’s patients in the future?

Access to high-quality surgical treatment is an indispensable part of a well-functioning health-care system, and as the Amsterdam Declaration on Essential Surgical Care1 has recently emphasised, there are important shortfalls in surgical service in many parts of the world. In recognition of this fact, the Chinese government has made notable recent efforts to standardise surgical training programmes, as part of the National Health and Family Planning Commission’s (NHFPC) complete set of model residency training programmes.