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Hospital Authority Review Steering Committee holds first meeting (with photo)

The Hospital Authority (HA) Review Steering Committee held its first meeting today (September 25). Members were briefed on the existing structure, cluster arrangement and resource allocation mechanism of the HA and the challenges it faces. They also discussed the scope and format of the review and the priorities of the review.

Speaking after the meeting, the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, said the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of the HA's management and cluster arrangement, resource allocation procedure, human resources management, service levels and overall cost effectiveness.

The aim of the review is to improve the operation of the HA so as to ensure that the Authority, being the cornerstone of the public health-care system and the safety net for the public, can continue to provide quality services and meet the challenges brought about by social development and the ageing population more effectively, he added.

"Members also agree that the committee will through different channels, such as focus group discussions and consultation forums, collect more comprehensively the views of stakeholders, including health-care staff and patients.

"We hope that the review can be completed in around one year," Dr Ko said.

Ends/Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:30