The Pulse：The Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill discussion: EK Yeoh & David Fang
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Hong Kong’s public healthcare system has been under pressure for some time. A growing ageing population, seasonal flu outbreaks, SARS and now Covid-19 have exacerbated the problems of long waiting times, mainly because of insufficient manpower and a shortage of beds in public hospitals.
By the end of last year, Hong Kong had 15,298 registered doctors, a ratio of two doctors per 1,000 population.
The government’s is well aware that this ratio is troubling and has been looking for ways to address manpower shortages and retain medical staff in the public healthcare system. On 18th May, Secretary for Food & Health Sophia Chan announced the introduction of new legislation to solve what she described as a “severe shortage” of doctors in Hong Kong. With us to talk about the new plan are former health secretary Dr. Yeoh Eng-kiong, who is now Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research at Chinese University and Dr. David Fang, Honorary Professor at Hong Kong University’s Medical Faculty.