23rd June, 2000

Press Release

Hong Kong Doctors Union representing 1,500 private and public doctors fully supports the 6-25 sit-in demonstration of the public doctors in their call to the Hospital Authority to improve their working conditions, to reduce their overwhelming work load and particularly to rescind the new two-tier system.

The two-tier system misleads the public that all services will be personally attended to by specialists which in reality is impossible due to the shortage of staff. Doctors are human beings too and it is astonishing to learn from the Hong Kong Public Doctors Association that doctors have to work up to 100 hours a week. We are afraid that under the new system, the quality of health care delivered to the Hong Kong citizens will be jeopardized ultimately.

With this new system, the salary entry points of doctors are lowered making the medical sector's pay much lower than that of other professionals, a phenomenon not found in other countries.

As we have pointed out in our previous submission to the government on future Hong Kong Health Care Reform, the current state of overwhelmed and overloaded public medical services was entirely due to irrational and unnecessary expansion of the Hospital Authority in her attempt to draw more public funds over the past 10 years. By exaggerating the demand for medical services, the Hospital Authority has been expanding at the expense of the private medical sector. Now she finally has to come to terms that she cannot have unlimited resources forever, and has to clearly define her role of providing a safety net for the community and to establish a new equilibrium with the private medical sector.

The Hospital Authority has to be honest that with her limited budget, she should stop making unrealistic and extravagant promises to the public. It is totally unfair for our public colleagues to be exploited while the Hospital Authority continues to boast unrealistic upgrade of services, which is their usual excuse in attempts to draw funds from the government.

Contact person: Ms. Joanna Mak, Administrative Secretary, Hong Kong Doctors Union

Contact phone: 2388 2728

23.6.2000

新聞稿

香港西醫聯會代表一千五百位私家和公家醫生,全力支持香港公共醫療醫生協會6-25靜坐示威,向醫管局呼籲改良醫生工作環境,減輕他們過份沉重吃不消的工作量,和特別要求她撤回新推出的兩級制。

兩級制誤導公眾,令人以為所有服務皆要由專科醫生參與,而實際上因人手不足是不可能的。醫生不是鐵人,不可能長期過時工作而不睡眠,而香港公共醫療醫生協會提供有醫生甚至要在一星期工作一百小時令人驚訝。我們擔心在實行兩級制後,香港市民一直以來所享受到的高質素醫療服務會下降

在這制度下所有新入職醫生起薪點都會下降,令到醫生的薪酬比起其他專業人士為低。這種情況在外國是不會發生的。

我會早已在向政府提交的香港醫療改革建議書中,提到現時在公立醫院服務的令人無法抵受過份沉重的負擔,完全因為醫管局近十年來為搏取更多公帑而作出不合理和不需要的擴充。到現在霸佔了九成多的住院病人。現在終於明白要面對現實承認她的資源是有限的,而且她要清楚明確地介定她的角色是要向社會提供一個安全網而要與私營醫療體制作一個平衡。

醫管局應該誠實向公眾交待指出以有限資源,她是必定要面對現實而不可以作出不切實際和奢華的承諾,去供應完全免費,全面十足的醫療服務予全香港的市民。要公立醫生去應付他們的上司既明知資源有限,卻公開承諾無止境、無限度、不切實際的要求是對醫生不公平,醫管局要停止好大喜功的誇大和停止利用這藉口去搏取更多的撥款。

聯絡人:香港西醫聯會行政秘書麥秀梅小姐

聯絡電話:2388 2728

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