Pay cuts will affect standards of care

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 December, 2002, 12:00am

I would like to reply to Alex Woo's letter headlined 'Whole community must unite in time of crisis' (Sunday Morning Post, December 1).


While I may agree with some of Mr Woo's comments, I would like to raise one concern.


In stating, 'We enjoy world-class hospitals and emergency services and an outstanding police force', has the author considered how long we might be enjoying these things if we keep cutting the pay and changing the work conditions of our hospital staff, emergency services workers and police officers?


Firemen, ambulance crews and police officers are all classed as 'civil servants' and would be included in the suggested 10 to 13.6 per cent pay cuts proposed by your correspondent.


These people are also some of the relatively few people who pay taxes in Hong Kong, too.


I suggest that if we keep cutting pay, we will no longer enjoy the current high standards of care and professionalism espoused in the letter.


NICK PEARSON


Shouson Hill