A high-level advisory committee chaired by the health chief was criticised yesterday for being unrepresentative, even before it holds its first meeting today. The 13-member Health and Medical Development Advisory Committee - led by Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok - is to review and develop services provided in the public and private sectors. It will also propose long-term financing options. Among its members are Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli, who will be committee vice-chairman, and former committee chairman David Fang Jin-sheng, who is the medical superintendent of St Paul's Hospital. But the 1,700-strong Hong Kong Doctors Union said Dr Chow was paying lip service to the idea of primary care by not appointing a family physician. Of five doctors appointed, two are orthopaedic surgeons, two medical professors and one a dermatologist. 'We call on the government to be truly sincere in promoting private medical care, particularly the family doctor system, by revamping the structure of the committee,' said union president Henry Yeung Chiu-fat. The legislator for the medical sector, Kwok Ka-ki, expressed concerns about Dr Chow's future if Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa resigns. Dr Chow, 57, moved into the hot seat vacated by Yeoh Eng-kiong in October last year. Dr Yeoh was forced to quit last July to take political responsibility for the handling of the 2003 Sars outbreak. Dr Kwok said: 'The next chief executive may not want to do anything actively on health reform. If it's a two-year term the situation may be worse.' He said whatever happened at the top, there should be action taken on fee restructuring, public-private sector interface and the setting up of a district-based network of family doctors. Public consultations on specific health financing models should also proceed, Dr Kwok added. The legislator for the health services sector, Joseph Lee Kok-long, who is also assistant professor of nursing at Open University, said he had no quarrels about the committee's composition. 'The membership is quite balanced. Dr Chow will continue to put forward his vision and will provide good policy direction,' he said.