A liver patient charity is to meet urgently to discuss how to obtain more government resources for transplants. The meeting follows a University of Hong Kong medical team complaint that the Hospital Authority had urged it to reject patients from other hospitals because of limited resources. Hong Kong Liver Foundation chairman Simon Lee Kwok-yin said yesterday that its council members were 'shocked and surprised' to learn of the authority's action. 'We take this matter very seriously; we will certainly raise a big protest,' Mr Lee said. He said the foundation, a charitable body set up in 1992, aimed to raise public awareness of liver disease. 'Now it seems that all our work has been wasted. The Hospital Authority is just doing the opposite,' Mr Lee said. 'It is also a big blow to the long list of patients waiting for a transplant.' Mr Lee said council members had agreed to meet to discuss the issue. He said the foundation had been told the authority wanted to cut spending on expensive drugs needed for liver transplants. 'The Government is spending billions of dollars on social security. Why are they are not willing to spend a relatively small amount to save lives?' The authority has said it is studying the situation.