I refer to the letter headlined, 'Closed shop afflicts patients' right to choose' (South China Morning Post, October 7).
I wish to clarify certain points regarding the Medical Council of Hong Kong's Licensing Examination.
The inception of the universal Licensing Examination does not mean a 'closed shop' policy, as your correspondent suggested. It offers a level playing field for medical practitioners who are trained outside Hong Kong and wish to register with the Medical Council of Hong Kong.
With regard to the performance of candidates in examinations, this depends on many factors including experience, system of medical training and familiarity with Hong Kong's medical system, for example, case mix and disease prevalence.
K.T. KONG Secretary Medical Council of Hong Kong