A new hospital should be built at Tin Shui Wai to meet the needs of an increasing population, it was suggested yesterday. Yuen Long District Board member Zachary Wong Wai-yin said it would be more cost-effective to build a new hospital than redevelop Pok Oi Hospital. He said Pok Oi, which is being revamped, would be unable to cope with the growing population in Tin Shui Wai, which would exceed 300,000 within five years. 'The expansion of Pok Oi Hospital is constrained by its own landscape. Even when the redevelopment is completed, it won't be able to cope with the demand in the longer term,' Mr Wong said. 'It will be more cost-effective to build a new acute hospital. The redevelopment programme will take five to eight years while building a new one needs only five years,' he said. Mr Wong and legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan discussed the matter with officials from the Planning, Environment and Lands bureau as well as the Lands Department. He quoted officials as saying that the Government had agreed in principle to consider building a new hospital. 'They have listed a set of criteria in hospital land use and started looking for possible sites. Results will be available in a few weeks,' he said. A Hospital Authority spokeswoman said no final decision had been made. 'Building a new hospital remains one of the options. We are still awaiting the Government's instruction,' she said.