Under draft medical reforms to be announced when the two congresses end, doctors may be allowed to register at more than one hospital, increasing their mobility to practise, a CPPCC delegate says. The delegate, who asked for anonymity until the plan is revealed, said the draft would 'explore and study the multiregistration of doctors'. They would then be free to practise in more than one registered hospital or clinic, as they are restricted to now. The doctors would also be available to practise in lower-level facilities. Mainland law governing practising doctors demands that they are registered to practise in one place only. Some local health authorities have been flexible, though, allowing doctors to practise in hospitals other than their registered facility if approved by supervising health authorities. 'Most doctors are in county-level hospitals and, if they are allowed to register in town hospitals, they will be able to treat more patients at the grass-roots level,' said the delegate, a senior surgeon at a top hospital in Beijing. He said reform would raise overall health care efficiency and standards at grass-roots-level hospitals because more doctors from higher-level hospitals practised there. But it would also require formulation of new regulations and proper supervision. Medical reform has been brewing for more than two years. A rough draft was put up in October for public consultation. Guidelines on the reform were announced in January but were criticised for being too vague and difficult to implement. Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated the guidelines in his annual report and earlier conceded that the most difficult aspect of getting the reform accepted would be in the area of public hospitals. That would include raising incentives for doctors. The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate said the new measure would partly achieve that because doctors would be motivated to increase their income.