Herbalists miss out on a voice in next Legco

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 February, 2003, 12:00am

The government has decided not to give Chinese herbalists a voice in the Legislative Council.

The Constitutional Affairs Bureau said yesterday the plan was withdrawn in light of the reservations expressed by medical practitioners.

The government proposed opening up the functional constituency seat for doctors and dentists to Chinese medicine practitioners, who have been given formal recognition following a long fight for equal status with doctors trained in Western medicine.

A bureau spokesman said members of the three professions had said their training and background were different and doubted if a single representative could take care of their interests.

The government will go ahead with an unprecedented plan to give $10 for each vote a candidate gets in Legco elections.

The amount will be capped at 50 per cent of candidate's total campaign spending, but will not cover donations.