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SFH on healthcare manpower

     Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function today (June 17):

Reporter: ... are the hospitals facing the problem of manpower shortage and how it can be solved?

Secretary for Food and Health: We all know that the healthcare system in Hong Kong is facing a severe challenge of the rising demand for mental and healthcare services because of the rapidly ageing population. So both in terms of hospital facilities as well as manpower, we are under a very tight situation. The Government has conducted a strategic review on the healthcare manpower situation. It is now close to the conclusion. The report will be released in the second half of this year. By that time, we will suggest some solutions including increasing the training capability as well as the full utilisation of all existing human resources to provide the best service to the patients.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Friday, June 17, 2016
Issued at HKT 14:51


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