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Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) is the unique trade union with doctor members in both public and private services. Registered with the Trade Union Registry to look after the interests and rights of doctors in their employer employee relationship, HKDU is committed to upgrade the standard of medical doctors to cater for the health of the Hong Kong community.
HKDU collected members’ opinion concerning the suggestions of Mr. Anthony Wu Ting Yuk, Chairman of the Hospital Authority (HA). The majority of responders objected to Mr. Wu’s proposal to exempt overseas doctors from examination and the majority disagreed with the proposal to drastically increase medical students’ intake.
And we have the following comments:
1. HKDU regards the exodus of and consequent shortage of public doctors is due to the unfavourable conditions they work in. We call on the higher echelon of HA to examine their conscience and review and improve the working environment surrounding public doctors especially concerning workload, promotion and training of the public doctors;
2. HKDU denounce the threat to ask the Department of Health to take away the power of the Medical Council to grant registration and completely destroy our professional autonomy guaranteed by the Basic Law. Our proposal to employ local private doctors to work part time for HA together with a new call on the government to extend the scheme of Health Vouchers to all citizens so that they can afford to see private medical practitioners serve to relieve the burden of public doctors and they can concentrate on their emergency and essential and ultra specialized work destined for HA.
3. Adequate registered overseas graduates can be obtained through increasing the frequency of Licentiate examinations of the Medical Council of Hong Kong from once to twice or thrice a year.
4. The drastic increase of medical students’ intake from 320 to 420 announced by the policy address fails to relieve the crisis facing HA presently. Doctors training take many years and when they become specialists in ten or so years’ time there may not have ample room for them in HA and they will be asked to leave HA as happened in 2000, flooding the private market.
5. HKDU seriously reminds the HA not to digress from her four pillars of healthcare emphasis of training, emergency care and ultra expensive or sophisticated treatment and care of the needy. By being strictly adhering to their mission above the manpower of HA can be made adequate.
For further information, please contact :
Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat Henry, President of Hong Kong Doctors Union at 9013 6478