A government doctor sacked after he was said to have been repeatedly absent from work without permission was yesterday given approval by the Court of Appeal to challenge his dismissal. Dr Tsoi Wing-sang, previously employed by the Department of Health, claims he was unlawfully dismissed by the Secretary for Civil Service on February 29, 2000. He began work at the department on May 1, 1995. The Court of Appeal heard Dr Tsoi received a letter from the department asking him to see two designated medical practitioners after he had been on sick leave for 31.5 days between January and April 30, 1999. The court heard Dr Tsoi went to one of the designated doctors for a heart problem for five months but that doctor said Dr Tsoi was suffering only from anxiety and depression. From February 2000, Dr Tsoi was said to have been absent from work without proper sick leave certificates and he was sacked the same month. On December 12, 2000, Mr Justice Andrew Chung On-tak refused to grant leave for Dr Tsoi to seek a judicial review of the Government's dismissal decision. Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing and Mr Justice Peter Cheung Chak-yau overturned Mr Justice Chung's decision yesterday.