Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be the first public hospital in Hong Kong to trial an exchange program for doctors in the Greater Bay Area to practice in the city, with the first batch of 10 doctors arriving from the mainland this year, according to sources.
To address the shortage of healthcare professionals in Hong Kong, the Hospital Authority had previously unveiled a scheme to hire top doctors from the Greater Bay Area to serve in Hong Kong.
It is understood that medical professionals from the top three tiers of mainland hospitals are eligible, and experience working at the AsiaWorld-Expo makeshift hospital during the city’s fifth wave of coronavirus
infections in the city was necessary.
The first batch of doctors arriving in Hong Kong was said to include those practicing general medicine, geriatric medicine, radiology, and pneumology. The doctors will also work in the hospital’s intensive care unit, sources said.
The Hospital Authority said earlier that they have a “wishlist” of doctors they want, pending the endorsement of the Health Commission of Guangdong Province.
The doctors will also require approval from the city’s Medical Council for them to practice in Hong Kong under the limited registration scheme - whereby doctors had to renew their licenses in the city every year and could only work in public hospitals.
The Greater Bay Area refers to Beijing’s scheme to link the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing into an integrated economic and business hub.