The chances of Democrat Michael Ho Mun-ka winning the Health Services constituency seat have increased since the decision by a potential competitor from the Hospital Authority not to run. Mr Ho, the incumbent in 1995-97 Legco term, had been tipped to be challenged by Susie Lum Shun-sui, Hospital Authority senior executive manager (nursing). Ms Lum won a seat in the Election Committee poll with more than half of the votes in the medical subsector this month. She admitted she had been encouraged by friends to run but had decided that the time was not suitable. 'I am not a politician. After thinking it through, I believe I have to concentrate on my work,' she said. Mr Ho said there might have been a conflict of interest if Ms Lum had decided to run. 'If she is to monitor the Government, it just means asking her to monitor herself,' he said. Ms Lum, however, denied she had left the race due to a role conflict or because she might only have had a slim chance of winning. 'If you have a clear-cut political stance, it does not matter who you are working for,' she said. Mr Ho was confident of regaining the seat. In 1995 he defeated Liberal Alice Tso Shing-yuk with 80 per cent of the vote. Ms Tso is bidding for a seat in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency where she is running second on the Liberal Party ticket. Mr Ho said: 'It depends on my rivals. I will win more votes if the rivalry is strong.' He urged his constituents not to believe any pledge that improvements could be made to the sector overnight. With a reallocation of resources between doctors and nurses as his election platform, Mr Ho said he would also urge more transparency and supervision in the Hospital Authority if he won.