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"I know the subject well as almost one-third of my 35 years of public service was closely related to Hong Kong's medical services."
  • (early 1980s) Administrative Officer in the then Medical and Health Services Department responsible for project planning (build an Eastern District Hospital)
  • (1991) Principal Assistant Secretary in the then Health and Welfare Branch, serving as secretary to the Medical Development Advisory Committee and secretary to a high level committee to review Hong Kong's primary health care chaired by a very distinguished alumna of this faculty, Professor Rosie Young. During those two years, I also brought into effect the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, embarked upon policy work on the promotion and regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and reviewed the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. I even went to Singapore to study the feasibility of a statutory opt-out scheme in promoting organ donation, a topic that has caught some public attention recently. 
  • (2000)  Assistant Director of Administration of DH, tasked to implement those recommendations in the Primary Health Care Report entitled Health For All by the Year 2000. They included new services like the Student Health Service and the Well Women Clinics and a new discipline in Family Medicine with the appointment of the first government consultant. 
  • (Between 1997 and 2000), I sat on the Hospital Authority (HA) Board as representative of the Financial Secretary. My interest in HA went beyond its finances and I voluntarily served as a member of HA's Patients' Complaints Committee. 
  • (2000-2003) Director of Social Welfare between 2000 and 2003, I worked closely with my medical counterparts in elderly and rehabilitation services where there is a very strong interface between health and welfare.

  1. My first and foremost message to you is that the Government is committed to ensuring a robust medical and health system in Hong Kong.
  2. My second message to you is therefore we must innovate and find more effective ways to treat patients.
  3. My third message is to highlight the importance of team work and cross-sector collaboration.
  4. My fourth message is on manpower...... I wish to make an appeal to our medical professionals, particularly doctors, that a more liberal and open-door approach should be adopted in admitting overseas-trained personnel to register and practise in Hong Kong. In my view, the admission of non-locally trained medical professionals has the dual advantages of meeting our manpower demand and facilitating cross-fertilisation of ideas, experience and expertise. These timely moves will in my view help enhance Hong Kong people's trust and confidence in the Medical Council.
  5. My final message is to encourage our young graduates to serve with compassion and empathy.

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