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Healthcare enters new chapter

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

Doctor registration pathway mooted

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will introduce the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2021 into the Legislative Council to create a new pathway for admission of qualified non-locally trained doctors to practise in Hong Kong.   Secretary for Food &Health Prof Sophia Chan told at a press conference this afternoon there is a severe shortage of doctors in Hong Kong.   According to the Healthcare Manpower Projection 2020 conducted by the Food & Health Bureau, the projected shortfall of doctors will reach 1,610 in 2030 and 1,949 in 2040.   Prof Chan said the Government sees an imminent case to create a new pathway for qualified non-locally trained doctors to obtain full registration in Hong Kong as an alternative to the current pathway of passing the Licensing Examination.   She pointed out that a non-locally trained doctor has to be a Hong Kong permanent resident and fulfil certain criteria.   “The assessment at work is only one of the assessments to determine the competence and also the standard of the candidate.     “As I reiterated earlier, the candidate would have to first, get his or her medical degree from a medical school in the list that is accredited.   “Second, he or she would have to get medical registration in the place where (the medical school they studied is located).   “And third, they would have to get a job from the employer, that is the public healthcare sector - the Hospital Authority, Department of Health, or the two universities’ (the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong) medical schools, and obviously there are on-the-job assessments.”   For the purpose of determining the list of recognised medical qualifications awarded by non-local medical schools, the bill also stipulates that a statutory Special Registration Committee be established.   The committee will determine the list of recognised medical qualifications taking into account the medium of instruction and the curriculum of the medical programmes concerned, international rankings of the non-local medical schools and any other aspects deemed appropriate, Prof Chan added.   The bill will be gazetted on May 21 and will then be introduced into LegCo on June 2.
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