The problem is a mismatch in numbers between Hongkongers seeking to use the public health service and the doctors and nurses in the sector. Opening the door to overseas doctors is necessary, but not sufficient to ease the overcrowding.
The Hong Kong government should set up an influential and broad-based committee, including young people, to listen to the public and explain why a national security law is needed.
The enhanced version of the East Lantau Metropolis, proposed by Our Hong Kong Foundation, balances the city’s need for housing, conservation and development.
Pan-democratic legislators should seize the opportunity to have more fruitful communication with the central government’s liaison office, to help Hong Kong overcome its many challenges.
Hong Kong should keep its eye on not only how the US-China tensions develop, but also how sternly Beijing responds to Washington’s moves to cosy up to Taiwan.