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SFH on Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority

Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function today (July 20):

Secretary for Food and Health: The Steering Committee on Review of Hospital Authority (HA) has just completed its consultation work. We held the third public consultation forum yesterday. In the past few months, we have conducted extensive consultation work by meeting with stakeholders including professional organisations, and patients' groups, as well as paying visits to all the seven hospital clusters under the HA. In addition, we have conducted four rounds of focus group discussion and three public fora. In the coming few months, the steering committee will summarise and examine all opinions received during the consultation period. We hope to come up with our conclusions and recommendations to the HA by the end of this year or early next year. Feedbacks received during the consultation period are in two major areas. Firstly is the resources allocation mechanism between the HA headquarters and the seven hospital clusters. There were opinions maintaining that the HA in future should allocate resources according to the population size of the respective clusters. The second area is in human resources management. This is about the efficiency of the HA to allocate or mobilise resources among hospital clusters to meet the extraordinary service demand, as well as to maintain the consistency of the human resources policies.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Sunday, July 20, 2014
Issued at HKT 20:53