The pro-business Liberal Party has its sights set on the medical sector's seat on the Legislative Council, despite the traditional preference for independent candidates within the profession. Psychiatrist John Wong Yee-him, an executive member of the party, said he was 'actively considering' running for the trade-based seat and had been gathering support over the past six months. No candidate has ever competed for the sector's seat under a party banner since the medical functional constituency was established in 1988. 'There have been different medical sector lawmakers but each of them had only one vote in Legco,' Dr Wong said. 'The government never listens to the medical representative because he doesn't have political power. If someone from the largest or second largest political party represents the profession, it will help promote good legislation relating to health matters.' Dr Wong, 43, who works at Kwai Chung Hospital, is also a Kowloon City district councillor and a council member of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association. Although his party has only about 20 doctors, he said he was confident of getting a substantial number of votes. 'There are 238 doctors in my district council constituency. I am reaching out to every doctor I can contact, and have been keeping in touch with them by newsletters, e-mail and my internet blog for the last half year,' he said, adding that he would take three months of leave from the hospital starting next month to prepare for the contest. Dr Wong was earlier tipped as a candidate for a political appointee post, but was not on the list of appointees announced last week. He said he had been nominated by his party for a government position but had not been interviewed. Another doctor from the Liberal Party, paediatrician Ronnie Hui Ka-wah, said senior party members had asked him to stand for a Legco seat two years ago, but he declined. Incumbent Kwok Ka-ki has said he was considering seeking re-election, while University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung and Hong Kong Doctors Union president Henry Yeung Chiu-fat have also said they may run. A source from the medical profession said although there were a number of contenders, Dr Kwok still had a good chance of getting re-elected because the challengers were not as well known. The source said Dr Ho frequently appeared in the media commenting on infectious diseases, but had yet to focus his efforts on canvassing political support.