Kwok Ka-ki points the finger

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 December, 2006, 12:00am


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Outspoken medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki said it was probably the 'top person at the highest level of the government' who decided the selection of Hospital Authority board members.

Dr Kwok, who was the only Legco member on the board, is the only member whose term has not been renewed. The Medical Association has accused the Hospital Authority of insulting the profession by not reappointing him.

Speaking on Commercial Radio programme Without Limits yesterday, Dr Kwok hinted his relationship with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen might have cost him the seat. 'Sometimes I tell reporters jokingly the two most wealthy and the most powerful persons in Hong Kong dislike me,' Dr Kwok said.

When asked if he was referring to Mr Tsang and tycoon Li Ka-shing, he said: 'Yes, I know that clearly. And the selection of board members shall not be decided by either the chairman, Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, or the corresponding bureau.'

Dr Kwok has been an outspoken board member and often disagreed with colleagues. 'I share a different concept over the reform of the Hospital Authority with Mr Wu,' he said. 'I insisted we have to raise our accountability and transparency.'

But Dr Kwok said he maintained a good relationship with Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok.