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Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority holds meeting

The Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority (HA) held its second meeting today (December 6). Members were briefed on the background, history and evolvement of the cluster arrangement and the resources management system within the HA.

Members agreed that the cluster arrangement has its pros and cons, and on balance the arrangement is still considered an effective model for delivery of public healthcare services in Hong Kong. Given the geography and scale of operation in a cluster, the total number of seven clusters was also thought to be appropriate.

The committee agreed in principle that there is a need to adjust the coverage of certain clusters in the light of developments in Hong Kong, and following development and changes arising from technology advancement and service development the HA should enhance central co-ordination in respect of provision of specialised services.

On resources management, members discussed the existing model vis-a-vis the population based model. The Committee agreed to study the subject further.

As the cluster arrangement, resource management and human resource management are interrelated, it is the plan of the Committee to examine these subjects in tandem at future meetings.

Ends/Friday, December 6, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:52