Hong Kong’s scheme for foreign-trained doctors gets dozens of applications but only 5 considered qualified, Hospital Authority says
Applicants among nearly 100 inquiries authority received since scheme was launched last year to allow overseas-trained doctors to practise in Hong KongHospital Authority has begun dialogue with five applicants deemed qualified for scheme, but says it will take time before first batch of doctors can come to cityHong Kong healthcare and hospitalsEzra CheungPublished: 7:00am, 13 Jul, 2022Why you can trust SCMP
A controversial registration scheme for non-locally trained doctors has received almost 40 applications so far, but only five of the candidates are considered qualified, according to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority.
The applicants were among about 100 inquiries the authority had received since the “special registration” scheme was launched after the government amended the Medical Registration Ordinance last October, exempting graduates of non-local medical schools from passing a local licensing exam before practising in Hong Kong.
Fifty medical institutes are currently accredited. Shanghai’s Fudan University is the only listed mainland Chinese school.
A government-appointed committee would add more institutions to the list of recognised medical qualifications as per the established procedure, Dr Tang Kam-shing, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority, said on Monday.