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The HKMA Opinion Poll on Medical Manpower and Non-locally Trained Medical Graduates to Practice in Hong Kong
香港醫學會有關醫療人手及 非本地培訓醫生在港執業之問卷調查


















* 因為有500多位參加調查的醫生在開首表示香港沒有醫生短缺的情況,故此不需要回答這部份關於豁免執業資格試的問題。











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18 March 2019

The HKMA Opinion Poll on Medical Manpower and

Non-locally Trained Medical Graduates to Practice in Hong Kong


In March 2019, the HKMA conducted a survey to solicit doctors’ views on Medical manpower and non-locally trained medical graduates to practice in Hong Kong.  A total of 2,981 valid responses were received out of 14,761 questionnaires successfully sent, giving a response rate of 20.2%. 


It was found that 77% agreed that there is a shortage of doctors in Hong Kong, within which the vast majority (90%) expressed that the shortage is confined to the public medical sector only and the reasons behind are failures in Government policies and mismanagement of the Hospital Authority.


Besides, 68% of those replied* DO NOT agree to give non-locally trained medical graduates full registration to practice in Hong Kong without Licensing Examination. Within those agreed, most indicated that the candidates must possess trainee or even specialist status, and serve in Hospital Authority / University Hospitals for 3-5 years before given full registration.


When asked if the whole internship of those Specialists who passed the Licensing Examination can be waived, over 70% agreed, but on the condition that they have to work in public hospitals for a certain period of time before they are granted full registration. There is no definite answer to how long they have to work in public hospitals, those supported 3 years or above and 6 years or above both rated more than 30%.


The above findings showed that the medical profession generally maintained that all non-locally trained medical graduates must pass the Licensing Examination before they can practice in Hong Kong. However, the internship arrangement of those Specialists who passed the Licensing Examination can be further adjusted to facilitate importation of medical talents for the benefits of the general public.



*around 500 respondents chose NO to shortage of doctors in Hong Kong in the first question and they were not required to answer this part related to waiving of Licensing Examination.



Notes to editors:


The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts.  The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health.  The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world.  In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.


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