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Published: 18:53, November 24, 2022 | Updated: 22:45, November 24, 2022
HK: Limited registration okayed for non-locally trained doctors
By Wang Zhan
Published:18:53, November 24, 2022 Updated:22:45, November 24, 2022 By Wang Zhan

This Sept 5, 2017 photo shows healthcare professionals at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG - The Medical Council of Hong Kong (MCHK) has allowed two more non-locally trained doctors to practice with limited registration in public hospitals to help alleviate the shortage of doctors in the city, the Hospital Authority said Thursday.

In a statement, the HA said the two doctors will be serving in cardiothoracic surgery and psychiatric departments after the MCHK approved their applications.

The Hospital Authority said the two doctors will be serving in cardiothoracic surgery and psychiatric departments after the MCHK approved their applications

“Currently, there are 47 non-locally trained doctors working in public hospitals under limited registration and two non-locally trained doctors working in public hospitals under special registration, to relieve the manpower shortage,” the statement reads.

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The HA said these physicians will help relieve the workload pressure of frontline doctors in the specialties of anaesthesia, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, radiology and surgery.

An HA spokesperson said that the recruitment of non-locally trained doctors will continue and selection interviews by user departments will be arranged for eligible applicants. 

The HA will submit limited registration and special registration applications to the MCHK for those who are considered suitable for appointment according to their intended date of reporting for duty.

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The HA currently recruits non-locally trained doctors as Service Residents in all specialties. The HA will also recruit non-locally trained doctors who meet the required qualifications at the rank of Associate Consultant in specialties that face a significant shortage of specialists.


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