HK doctors set for crunch meeting in preparation for second push to lure more foreign doctors to local public hospitals

13-Apr-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s major professional doctors’ groups will meet on Friday night to choose from several options as part of a second attempt to push through plans to lure more foreign physicians for struggling public hospitals.

The city’s medical watchdog last Wednesday torpedoed proposals to fully exempt foreign-trained doctors from an internship requirement to attract practitioners trained overseas amid a crippling staff shortage.

But it will vote again on May 8 after the 32-member Medical Council faced a barrage of criticism for failing to pass any of the four proposals placed in front of it.

Council member and chair of Hong Kong Patients’ Voices Alex Lam Chi-yau said a number of associations would meet on Friday evening to discuss which proposal to support and how to vote.

“The Medical Council is a statutory body and making a decision on voting is a responsible attitude to take,” Lam, who will not himself a