The city’s public hospitals are collectively short of about 350 doctors, according to their managing authority. Photo: Fung Chang

Pressure piled on Hong Kong’s Medical Council over need for foreign doctors, with lawmakers calling for powers to be revoked

  • Health minister however urges caution and says reforms must be carried out step by step
  • The city’s public hospitals are collectively short of about 350 doctors, according to their managing authority
Topic |   Hong Kong health care and hospitals

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The city’s public hospitals are collectively short of about 350 doctors, according to their managing authority. Photo: Fung Chang
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Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei. A think tank said the city’s doctor-to-patient ratio is below the standard of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong needs 11,000 more doctors to meet global standard, local think tank says

  • City has 1.9 doctors per 1,000 residents, but development body advises 3.4
  • Calls renewed for Medical Council to loosen restrictions on overseas doctors
Topic |   Medicine

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Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei. A think tank said the city’s doctor-to-patient ratio is below the standard of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Photo: Felix Wong
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