The Medical Council is currently going through a process of reform, which includes a committee to deal with doctors with poor standards, but the exercise has been dragging on for three years. It set up the reform taskforce in May 2001 in the aftermath of a public outcry over the council's decision to clear a Queen Mary Hospital surgeon, Tung Hiu-ming, of misconduct after he took a call on his mobile phone while performing an operation. Six months later, the council endorsed the taskforce's 20-point reform plan. One of the recommendations was to set up a professional performance committee. The council also proposed a seven-member disciplinary committee headed by a judge to conduct future disciplinary hearings. The government said it would table the reform to the Legislative Council for amendments but so far no timetable has been given. A spokesman for the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said officials were still studying the proposals and would brief Legco's health services panel in the first half of next year. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the General Medical Council has power to deal with doctors whose professional performance departs from the standards set out in its guidelines.