Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE

Letters | Hong Kong Medical Council’s move to cancel licensing exams for overseas doctors reflects protectionist mindset

  • The council’s excuse for cancellation – the second this year – is flimsy, considering that school exams involving tens of thousands were safely held amid the pandemic
  • Hong Kong needed more doctors even before the Covid-19 outbreak. The lack of licensing exams this year can only worsen the shortage. A policy rethink is called for

Topic |   Hong Kong health care and hospitals
Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
Medical staff confer at a temporary facility set up for Covid-19 patients at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong on August 1. The Medical Council should not so easily turn away those who wish to serve Hong Kong, especially during a pandemic. Photo: EPA-EFE
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