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Government’s Proposal on Admission of Non-locally trained Doctors


















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10 February 2021


Government’s Proposal on Admission of Non-locally trained Doctors


Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie LAM announced at Legislative Council on 4 February 2021 the Government’s proposal on admission of non-locally trained doctors.  President of the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) Dr CHOI Kin said at a press conference on COVID-19 vaccines that he had not yet received relevant details.  He was invited to meet with the Food and Health Bureau along with other medical bodies on 9 February 2021.  The meeting was re-scheduled to the evening of 10 February 2021 with rather short notice.


Dr CHOI Kin recaptured the cause for passing the Medical Registration (Amendments) Ordinance 1995, which came into effect on 1 September 1996.  Dr CHOI said: “ This Ordinance is very important and impactful in maintaining medical standard.  All doctors and medical students, wherever they’ve studied medicine, are required to sit and pass an examination for registration.  It’s a fair play to all.  It also helps to keep the standard from being swayed.  Hong Kong doctors are criticized for being selfish because we ask to maintain the standard.  We just do the right thing and are not forsaking health of the public. ”


At the press conference, the HKMA Vice-president Dr MAK Siu King said the proposal would be probably unhelping as it fails to alleviate core issues.  “Do we know for sure how many public doctors are needed?  Can the problems be addressed with hiring doctors alone?  There need sufficient resources for nurses, operating theaters, hardware, rehabilitation and allied health staff, and many others.  Will the Government provide sufficient resources to Hospital Authority and ensure these are rightly used? How about interns’ training? Who can guarantee their training opportunities unaffected?”


The HKMA is of the view that the Government has to reveal reliable figures and valid analysis on shortage of public doctors, as well as the number of non-locally trained doctors intending to practice in Hong Kong.  In the absence of these, it is difficult to predict if the proposal would really work.


Legislative Councilor Dr Hon. Pierre CHAN, the HKMA Past President Dr David FANG, Dr James FUNG of Hong Kong Public Doctors Association, Dr Johnson SIN of Frontline Doctors’ Union, Dr Marcus MARCET of The Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong, Mr. Patrick YUEN of Medical Society, CUSU and Miss Hillary CHAN of Medical Society, HKUSU also joined the HKMA to meet with the media.  The HKMA will meet with these groups again for follow-up discussions.




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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