Health ELDERLY people have to wait two months or longer before seeing specialists and many rise before dawn to queue for medical services, a patients' welfare spokesman said. And medical legislator Dr Leong Che-hung said outpatients' waiting lists were lengthening. He described the progress report as an attempt to 'pull the wool over people's eyes' in some areas. Patients Rights' Association spokesman Yung Wai-mui said no headway had been made on a 1994 government pledge that, by the year 2000, first-time patients would wait only five weeks to see specialists. The progress report claimed the Hospital Authority was trying different 'administrative measures' to cut waiting times. 'Despite a 10 per cent increase in demand, we have managed to keep the waiting time at eight weeks,' the report said. But Ms Yung said two months or more was too long, and elderly people were being jostled aside in the rush of patients to government-funded clinics and hospitals. 'When you go to Mongkok, to the eye centre in Argyle Street, every morning there is a long queue there. They go there at 6 am and they wait until 11 am to see a doctor,' she said. Dr Leong said the progress report was terrible, with few redeeming points: 'It seems a very ad hoc thing - a point here and a point there. [Saying] 'we've done something good here'. 'They say an AIDS charter was launched and 25 companies have signed. But have they actually put in a programme themselves? What's the point of signing something if you don't have a programme to educate your own staff?' The Government's claim it had established a Student Health Service for 451,000 primary school children on schedule last month was brazenly misleading, Dr Leong said. While school health programmes overseas involved medical and nursing teams visiting schools, in Hong Kong students were obliged to go to the clinic if they wanted check-ups. 'The students have to go to the clinic for screening. This is to save money, I presume,' Dr Leong said. 'And the queue of people waiting to be admitted as outpatients is getting longer and longer.' Public Doctors' Association council member Dr Chu Kin-wah said medical staff were struggling to live up to pledges made by the Government. 'Although the Government has put more resources into the health services, we are not too efficient about clearing up the waiting time, and one reason is because we attract more and more people into the public system,' Dr Chu said.