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Hong Kong to usher in more non-locally trained doctors, yay or nay?
 

Hong Kong to usher in more non-locally trained doctors, yay or nay?

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The Policy Address emphasised the need to recruit non-locally trained doctors on a “needs basis” under the condition of limited registration. To enhance the flexibility of non-locally trained doctors working in Hong Kong, it proposed extending the validity period for this from one year to three years.
 
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7 Feb 2017 - General
 
I feel that most of the people and doctors agree with the benefits of the policy, but Singapore is a very different society from Hong Kong. It is a relatively docile society. there is often no choice nor is there anyone who sounded any objection to this. This is because the medical board,licensing board, ministry and hospitals are all under the government and hence move as one. They can make one's life difficult whenever they want. So the opinion that you see on the surface might not be the ...
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Thank you Sally Ho for sharing your view. I do agree pharmacists should take up more comprehensive roles in the patient care process (We have mentioned this in our previous article: https://today.mims.com/topic/pharmacists-among-the-only-healthcare-professionals-experiencing-a-surplus-in-hong-kong) Do you think pharmacists in Hong Kong are moving towards this direction? If not, is there anything the government or p...
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I agree with the Dr they don't need to but it also means that the Dr's have to allow other healthcare professionals to take some responsibilities. Like pharmacists can provide a lot of primary health interventions etc Pharmacists are well trained professionals in Hong Kong that are way under utilized. If we can do more then it frees up time for the Dr to actually see the patients that needs to be seen by them, simply adherence to medication, poly pharmacy issues, minor aliments etc etc ...
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The Hong Kong government claimed there is a shortage of doctors in the market and emphasised the need to recruit more non-locally trained doctors. While some patient groups support the initiative and criticise local doctors for setting up a protectionist barrier against non-locally trained doctors, the local doctors are concerned about the government setting up a comparatively more lenient requirement for overseas doctors than locals.

Is your country facing the same manpower issue? Does...
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