Opening remarks by SFH at press conference on release
of Report of the Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority
Following is the opening remarks by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko
Wing-man, at a press conference on the release of the Report of the Steering
Committee on Review of Hospital Authority held today (July 14):
Following the completion of a two-year review, the Steering Committee on
Review of Hospital Authority (HA) releases its review report today. This is
the first comprehensive review conducted by the Government since the
establishment of the HA more than 20 years ago.
In the face of the challenges of ageing population, increased prevalence of
chronic illness and increasing healthcare costs due to advances in medical
technology, the Chief Executive announced in his 2013 Policy Address the
establishment of the Steering Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of
the operation of the HA and to explore viable measures for enhancing the
cost-effectiveness and quality of HA services.
The Government hopes that ways could be identified to further improve the
service and operation of the HA. As far as patients are concerned, we hope
that they could enjoy better services with shorter waiting time and they
could see a more consistent service provision among clusters and an enhanced
level of safety and quality of services. As for HA staff, we hope to enhance
fairness and transparency in resource allocation and staff management
practices and provide them with better training and development
The Steering Committee has made a total of 10 major recommendations. I would
just highlight some of them.
The Steering Committee recommends that the HA Board should play a more
active role in leading and managing the HA. As far as delineation of cluster
boundaries is concerned, particularly those of the Kowloon clusters, this
should be refined.
On resource management, the HA should adopt a refined population-based
resource allocation model. Under the proposed model, resources will be
allocated on the basis of the population of the areas served by the
clusters, with additional resources allocated according to the tertiary and
quaternary healthcare services provided by individual clusters.
On staff management, we hope that HA Head Office should enhance its
coordinating role to ensure greater consistency, fairness and parity in
human resources management and practices in and between the clusters. The
Steering Committee is particularly concerned with the important mission of
the HA in training and developing future generations of healthcare
professionals in Hong Kong, and it recommends that a high-level central
training committee should be set up under the HA Board to set the overall
training policy and direction.
The Steering Committee is very concerned about the long waiting time for
public healthcare services, it recommends that the HA should implement a
comprehensive plan to shorten waiting time for specialist outpatient clinics
and accident and emergency services. We also hope that the HA could put in
place an effective mechanism to ensure that patients' feedbacks are taken
into account for service planning and improvement.
The HA should strengthen the roles of Coordinating Committees on clinical
governance, including the development of clinical practice guidelines,
services standards, introduction of new technology and service development
As far as the next step is concerned, to ensure timely implementation of the
recommendations above, the HA will prepare an action plan within a period of
three months with a view to implementing the recommendations within three
years. During the period, the HA will report the progress to the Food and
Ends/Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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