A liver transplant patient says he has to face an even more difficult battle against the Hospital Authority after the departure of Professor Albert Chui Ka-keung. Leung Chi-ming, who in September 2002 had a scheduled transplant at the Prince of Wales Hospital called off at the last minute, has been pressing the authority to make him a priority for a liver transplant. But the authority has turned down his request. Mr Leung suffers from end-stage liver failure and a transplant is his only chance of survival. He was admitted to hospital at 6pm on the day of the surgery, but four hours later the hospital's senior management called off the operation because of problems with resources. The donor liver was given to another patient at the Queen Mary Hospital. 'Professor Chui's departure [from the Prince of Wales Hospital] is a great loss to patients waiting for liver transplants. In Hong Kong, only a few doctors have the skills for the operations and most liver patients rely on public services.' Liver transplants cost about $1 million each and require a team of top surgeons operating for 16 hours. At present, only the Queen Mary Hospital provides the service. Mr Leung, who was Professor Chui's patient for four years, said he was grateful to the doctor. 'He told the truth to the public, the truth. In my case, he spoke out and told everybody what had happened,' he said. Mr Leung said he had not given up his fight for an early transplant. He met hospital authority representatives in April but had not heard from them since.