When the reconstituted Health and Medical Development Advisory Committee first met in March last year, it had its work cut out. The 13-member committee, chaired by Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok, had the task of developing the service model for health care in both the public and private sectors, and to propose long-term financing options. It finalised the service delivery model proposals last July and launched a major three-month consultation exercise to gauge public views on the proposals. Dr Chow was bold enough to say that health-care reform would remain on track regardless of any change in chief executive. The high-level committee also said at the time that, in the latter half of last year, it would concentrate on development of health-care financing options. A report on the committee's deliberations should have been published by the end of last year. The community would then have been consulted again on the committee's health-care financing proposals. December came and went. Then it was said that the health-care financing paper would be out this summer. Again government sources said it would not happen. It remains to be seen when the second, more critical and definitely more controversial part of the committee's raison d'etre will be realised. 'Building a Healthy Tomorrow', which set the committee's proposals for health-care service models. was scrutinised during a three-month consultation which began on October 31 last year. About 600 submissions were received, of which 130 were submitted in the name of organisations. In a written reply to a Legislative Council session on June 7, Dr Chow said the respondents covered a wide spectrum of the community. They included patient groups, private hospitals, doctors, medical associations, other allied health groups, elderly concern groups, academic bodies, non-governmental organisations, the middle class, political parties, business bodies and individuals. 'We believe that the views received have reflected the different voices and expectations of the community. At the same time, we took the opportunity to respond to queries from some members of the public regarding the consultation document in our replies,' Dr Chow said. 'We will continue to canvass public views and take forward the reform in a progressive manner with a view to building a sustainable health-care system that caters to the needs of the community.'