Hospital Authority enhances mainland China collaboration in healthcare sector

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The delegation of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission visited Kwong Wah Hospital earlier. Accompanied by the Director of Cluster Services of the Hospital Authority, Dr Simon Tang (sixth right), and the Hospital Chief Executive of Kwong Wah Hospital, Dr Tang Kam-shing (fifth right), Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission Mr Li Ang (sixth left) learns about the latest developments in public hospitals.

17th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hospital Authority (HA) of Hong Kong seized the opportunity presented by the presence of delegations from the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China and health authorities from various Mainland cities attending the HA Convention 2024. HA Chairman Mr Henry Fan and Chief Executive Dr Tony Ko engaged in constructive discussions, exchanging professional insights and experiences regarding healthcare talent exchange, hospital management, and medical technology applications.

Among the attendees were delegates led by Vice-Minister of the National Health Commission (NHC) of China, Mr Cao Xuetao. HA representatives took the opportunity to introduce the Global Healthcare Talent Scheme and the various talent exchange programs that the HA has implemented on the Mainland.

Mr Fan expressed, “The HA has been actively engaged in diverse forms of cooperation and exchanges with different Mainland cities. We are committed to deepening collaboration with relevant medical and healthcare institutions across various Mainland regions. By exploring partnerships with different professional bodies, we aim to enhance the quality of medical services in Hong Kong and Mainland cities, address the challenges posed by an aging population, and contribute significantly to the health and well-being of the general public.”

Mr Cao shared insights into the healthcare landscape and outlined key objectives for 2024 in Mainland China’s healthcare sector. He proposed further deepening practical cooperation in professional fields between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Mr Cao emphasised the importance of supporting Hong Kong’s integration into the national health development plan and actively participating in global health governance. He expressed confidence that increased exchanges would enhance the expertise of healthcare professionals and promote the advancement of medical services in both Hong Kong and the Mainland.

During the visit, HA representatives accompanied the NHC delegation and the Beijing Municipal Health Commission delegation to Queen Mary Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital, respectively. They also met with representatives from the Shanghai Hospital Development Center delegation to discuss the development of public hospitals and explore avenues for strengthening cooperation in hospital management, clinical research, the application of medical technology, and overall improvement of hospital management standards. Tomorrow, the HA will arrange visits to Prince of Wales Hospital for other delegations.

Mr Fan acknowledged the formidable challenges posed by escalating service demands. He affirmed that the HA would adopt a multifaceted approach, continuously enhancing the operational efficiency and service capabilities of public hospitals through exchanges, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.