Fining doctors who fail to meet planned study requirements rather than banning them from practice would be 'a poor reflection on doctors' professionalism', the Medical Council chairwoman said. Felice Lieh Mak said the council was determined to implement its proposal for mandatory continuing medical education - an idea one doctors' representative has termed a 'rape' of the profession. Under the proposed amendment, to be tabled in the Legislative Council early next year, Hong Kong's 8,000 doctors would have to clock up 90 points - equivalent to about 90 hours of learning - every three years or face being barred from practice. Medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki said many doctors were against the proposal, and he was now polling them. Choi Kin, president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, said earlier that the government would be 'raping the profession' if it went against doctors' views on the plan. Some proposed using fines as punishment. Professor Lieh Mak said this was unacceptable. 'Professional pride is not something that you can buy or exchange with money,' she said. 'Our licence means something to the community. It is not only a piece of paper. Society requires more than that,' she said. She said it was a privilege for the profession to be able to regulate itself through the Medical Council. Professor Lieh Mak refused to say what the council would do if Dr Kwok's poll showed a majority of doctors objected to the proposal. She said the council was determined to push through the proposal, which it first raised in 2002. 'The issue has been debated for years, and it is time to take action. I hope doctors will assume their professional responsibilities and pride. CME [continuous medical education] is a demonstration of quality assurance.'