More than 100 professionals have volunteered to work in the western provinces of China to support the Go West development project. Tam Yiu-chung, executive councillor and organiser of the Support Go West programme, said yesterday the volunteers would be able to explore job opportunities in western provinces while there. He said English-language teachers, financial personnel and hotel managers were badly needed. The Go West programme was jointly organised by the Beijing-Hong Kong Exchange of Personnel Centre, the Federation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Education Workers. A total of 114 professionals have applied to work in inland cities like Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian and Lhasa, capital of Tibet, for periods ranging from two weeks to more than three months. 'We have interviewed 22 applicants and the first batch of volunteers is expected to set out by the end of the year,' Mr Tam said. Leung Fu-wah, legislator and vice-chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions, said Hong Kong professionals could offer help in training mainland staff and enhancing their skills. The volunteers will be offered free flights and board. China is poised to open its medical profession to Hong Kong and overseas doctors. The Health Ministry will allow residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, as well as foreigners, to sit exams allowing them to practise as doctors, herbalists and dentists from next year, according to Xinhua. But candidates will have to get qualifications from mainland medical schools and have practised in the country for a year.