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China's Barefoot Doctors

In 1968 Chairman Mao sent thousands of young people into rural China to work as doctors. Most of them only had rudimentary medical training.

In 1968 Chairman Mao officially launched a scheme to provide health care to the rural masses. He ordered basic medical training for thousands of young people and sent them out to work in China's villages. They were known as the 'barefoot doctors'. Lucy Burns has been speaking to Gordon Liu who became a barefoot doctor in Sichuan province after leaving secondary school.

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