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Strategic Purchasing Office established
     The Health Bureau announced today (November 21) the establishment of the Strategic Purchasing Office and appointment of Dr Cheung Wai-lun as the Director of the Strategic Purchasing Office, in addition to his own duties as the Project Director of the Chinese Medicine Hospital Project Office, on a temporary basis.

     "The Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address" put forward the plan to set up the Strategic Purchasing Office for co-ordinating the primary healthcare services to be provided to citizens through the private healthcare sector. The setting up of the Office echoes the upcoming Primary Healthcare Blueprint in offering members of the public comprehensive, sustainable and people-centric primary healthcare services in the community.

     The Strategic Purchasing Office will formulate and implement strategic purchasing service programmes in line with health policies to foster integrated healthcare and maximise health benefits. Moreover, it will develop and roll out a common platform to facilitate integrated purchasing of healthcare services from the private sector with a view to optimising the healthcare system.

     Dr Cheung Wai-lun will take up the post of Director of the Strategic Purchasing Office in addition to his own duties on a temporary basis. Dr Cheung has a great wealth of experience in administration and management. He will lead the setting up of the Strategic Purchasing Office and the preparation work for launching strategic purchasing, including identifying and recruiting a suitable candidate to assume the post of Director and lead the Strategic Purchasing Office in the long run.
Ends/Monday, November 21, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:36
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