24-hour doc­tors’ clinic pro­posal re­jected

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION | DIGEST -

A pro­posal to set up 24-hour pri­vate doc­tors’ clin­ics in Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency (A&E) Ser­vices of pub­lic hos­pi­tals was re­jected by Sec­re­tary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day. Leg­is­la­tors said that many peo­ple were forced to seek treat­ment in over-crowded A&E Ser­vices be­cause there were no 24-hour pri­vate hos­pi­tals or clin­ics where they lived. But Ko said such a pro­posal would not work be­cause A&E Ser­vice charges were gen­er­ally much lower than those for pri­vate clin­ics.

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