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Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority holds fourth meeting
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The Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority (HA) held its fourth meeting today (April 17). Members reviewed the public engagement plan of the committee and discussed the subjects of resource management and staff management of the HA.

Since January this year, the committee has been organising meetings and forums and conducting visits to HA clusters to understand views from relevant stakeholders, including health-care professionals, patients and HA staff, on the Review of the HA. The Government has also appointed an independent consultant to organise public forums and focus group discussions in the coming months to further solicit views from the public and other stakeholders.

On resource management, Members noted that there were pros and cons of both the HA's existing resource management approach and the population-based funding model. Having considered views from stakeholders, Members further discussed the challenges and directions in developing the resource management system of the HA.

The committee also studied the HA's staff management system and agreed that there was a need to strike an appropriate balance between the HA Head Office and clusters on the division of labour on staff management issues.

The committee will continue with its public engagement plan. Having regard to the views received, it will look into each subject area further in more detail, so as to formulate recommendations for enhancing the effective operation of the HA.

Ends/Thursday, April 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:40

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