The chief executive reassured medical sector representatives yesterday that the quality of public services would not be affected by the development of the private health industry. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen met the representatives at yesterday's forum with the medical sector, the last industry Mr Tsang consulted after the Task Force on Economic Challenges identified six areas in Hong Kong that could be further developed. The six areas are: testing and certification, medical services, innovation technology, cultural and creative industries, the environmental industry and educational services. The government will support the development of private medical services through land supply and the training of talented professionals. The government set aside four sites for the development of private hospitals. They are in Tseung Kwan O, Wong Chuk Hang, Tai Po and Tung Chung. Hong Kong Private Hospitals Association chairman lan Lau Kwok-lam said he was more optimistic about the industry's outlook after the meeting but added that his association members were more interested in the sites at Tseung Kwan O and Wong Chuk Hang than the others. Dr Lau said the Tai Po site was not conveniently located and was not accessible by road. He also said Tung Chung was a relatively small satellite town that might not have enough demand for a private hospital, as the government planned to build a public hospital in the area. He hoped the government could provide more discounts on land sales, as running a hospital was not as profitable as other businesses. 'The costs can increase exponentially, as we have to purchase the most advanced equipment from time to time,' he said. The Chinese University was interested in building a private teaching hospital in Tai Po, the medical faculty's dean, Fok Tai-fai, said. But he said the consideration of the Tai Po site was only preliminary and the university would decide after a meticulous feasibility study.