Fathers and their children agree that if they had one wish on Father's Day, it would be to spend more time together, according to a doctors' group and the results of two surveys of children. The Hong Kong Public Doctors Association yesterday urged the Hospital Authority to give its male employees three days of paternity leave to take care of their wives and newborn babies. The vice-president of the group, Ho Pak-leung, said many doctors found it difficult to balance their work at the hospitals and at home. 'The government is always encouraging people to spend more time with their families, so the Hospital Authority should give us more time,' Dr Ho said. 'A few days off can help us handle the family work much better.' He said granting parental leave would show that the Hospital Authority cared for its staff and so improve morale. Pierre Chan, a surgeon at Queen Mary Hospital, said he was very happy to be a father when his daughter was born a year ago, although he regretted not being able to spend much time with Mrs Chan and their baby girl. He said he needed to request annual leave three months before Mrs Chan's due date, but the week off did not give him enough time to look after his wife and child. He said he had tried to look after the baby at night, but it was much harder to concentrate on his work the next morning. 'I just hope that I can be a good doctor and good father at the same time,' he said. Another surgeon at Queen Mary Hospital, Cheung Tan-to, said three days of paternity leave might not be enough to look after a baby, but he hoped the authority would grant the time as a show of consideration for its staff. 'It is my first time to experience fatherhood and I have so much to learn,' Dr Cheung said. 'Even a week is not enough.' Legislator Wong Kwok-hing marched with about 20 people from Chater Garden to the government's headquarters in Central yesterday to urge the government to promote family harmony by introducing five days of paid paternity leave for men. Meanwhile, a survey by the Federation of Trade Unions found that nearly 70 per cent of children said they wished their fathers could spend more time with them. The group interviewed 485 children from Primary Four to Primary Six earlier this month, and 69 per cent said they wished their fathers could be at home more often. Forty-two per cent of the children said they dined with their fathers less than four times a week on average. The group said it hoped the government could set maximum working hours as soon as possible. Another poll, by the Democratic Party, found that fathers felt sorry for not spending more time with their children. Of the 192 fathers polled, 55 per cent said their biggest regret was a lack of communication with their children, while 33 per cent said it was lacking time to be with their children.