Funding blunder

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 August, 2002, 12:00am

I have read the articles in your newspaper on the liver transplant controversy.

I was astonished that such a thing could have happened, that is, that a liver could be wasted because of a policy to cap the number of liver transplants.

The government should have allocated sufficient resources in the first place. The Hospital Authority, responsible for saving lives, should never be short of funds.

However, I think that the authority acted swiftly in response to the incident.

If the administration is wondering where to find the necessary extra money, it could start by cutting the salaries of top officials in the Hospital Authority. The government is doing an inept job at managing its resources. It could easily cut costs in some areas. For example, there is no more illegal housing in Hong Kong, so we no longer need a squatter control unit.

The government is giving too much protection to civil servants and will not fire them. However, it must cut costs in those sector where it is appropriate.


Tai Po