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Hospital Authority's response to 2006-07 Budget

    In response to media enquiries about the budget allocation to the Hospital Authority (HA) in 2006/07, the HA Chairman, Mr Anthony Wu, gave the following response:

     "We are encouraged by the Government's allocation for the coming fiscal year.  Comparing with that of last year, the increase in funding not only reflects the continuous support and confidence from the Government, but also indicates that there will not be any further reduction in future allocation.

     "The HA is committed to providing quality health care services to the community and will fully utilise the available resources from the Government.  We will ensure the sustainability and development of the enviable public health care system of Hong Kong through the implementation of innovative programmes.

     "The adjustment in the funding policy of the Government has clearly indicated its support to the Authority.  We will continue to enhance our services in a more vigorous and flexible manner to build up public confidence and trust."

Ends/Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Issued at HKT 17:14