Council's registration system open and fair
I refer to the letter headlined 'Prospects bode ill for expat health workers' (South China Morning Post, February 27), concerning expatriates holding foreign diplomas applying for registration as midwives with the Midwives Council of Hong Kong.
Your correspondent said that the council's actions seemed 'aimed at keeping expatriates out of the system'.
The council is a statutory body established by the Midwives Registration Ordinance, and operates independently from the SAR Government.
To safeguard the public, no person is allowed to practise as a midwife in Hong Kong unless she has been duly registered with the council under terms set by the ordinance.
The council maintains an open and fair registration system. All applications for registration are vetted by a panel of experts. To ensure that all registered midwives are up to standard, the council generally requires qualified applicants, overseas or local, to sit a registration exam.
When looking at midwifery standards, the council takes into account an applicant's training and experience. Employment contracts have no part to play in the process.
To assist applicants who are not familiar with the exam format, past papers are available from the council's homepage (www.mwchk.org.hk) or from its office.
We are happy to answer any questions and render whatever assistance we can in relation to registration and registration exams.
As with most other regulatory and examination bodies, the council, as a general rule, does not provide suggested answers nor explain to individual candidates why they failed.
Let me assure readers the council will do its utmost to maintain the professional standard of registered midwives in Hong Kong with a view to providing the best possible safe midwifery care to the public.
Midwives Council of Hong Kong