Members of the Public Doctors' Association take part in a sit-in protest after the Hospital Authority refused to match a pay rise being offered to senior civil servants. According to reports, the public sector employs just 40 per cent of local doctors, who have to treat 90 per cent of patients. Photo: AFP

Medical Council reform needs to be part of a bigger cure for Hong Kong’s ailing health care system

Albert Cheng says legislative changes would improve the workings of the much-maligned council, but a substantial rise in funding is necessary for the public system as hospitals continue to lose doctors and nurses to the more lucrative private sector

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Members of the Public Doctors' Association take part in a sit-in protest after the Hospital Authority refused to match a pay rise being offered to senior civil servants. According to reports, the public sector employs just 40 per cent of local doctors, who have to treat 90 per cent of patients. Photo: AFP
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