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Limited registration approved for non-locally trained doctors
     The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hospital Authority (HA) spokesperson today (September 20) announced that confirmation was received from the Medical Council of Hong Kong on the approval of seven applications of non-locally trained doctors for practice with Limited Registration in public hospitals to help relieve the frontline workload. The seven doctors will be serving in anaesthesia, family medicine, internal medicine and surgery departments.

     The overseas recruitment of non-locally trained doctors will continue. Currently, there are around 20 non-locally trained doctors who have been assessed to be eligible for the recruitment exercise and considered suitable for appointment after interviews by user departments. All the applicants have fulfilled related qualification requirements recognised by the constituent Colleges of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, and they all have licenses to practise in their respective countries. The HA will submit limited registration applications for non-locally trained doctors by batches according to their intended dates of reporting duty.

     The HA spokesperson said that the overseas recruitment of non-locally trained doctors had been progressing well, with applications for positions in the HA received continuously. Selection interviews will be arranged for the eligible applicants.

     Currently, there are 15 non-locally trained doctors working in public hospitals under limited registration to relieve the manpower shortage and workload pressure of frontline doctors in the specialties of anaesthesia, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, paediatrics and radiology. Two more non-locally trained doctors will report for duty in September and October 2019.

     Since April this year, the HA has expanded the scope of the limited registration recruitment scheme to all specialties at the rank of Service Resident, and to recruit non-locally trained specialists at the rank of Associate Consultant in eight specialties (anaesthesia, anatomical pathology, cardiothoracic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, radiology and nuclear medicine) which face significant shortages of specialists.
Ends/Friday, September 20, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:00
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