The Medical Council of Hong Kong has approved five new doctors trained outside Hong Kong to practice in local public hospitals, the Hospital Authority announced in a press release on Wednesday. Eight renewals were also granted, bringing the total number of approved applications announced on Wednesday to 13.

Surgery doctors. File photo: Kristopher Radder via Wikicommons.

The 13 doctors will serve in anatomical pathology, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and the radiology and surgery departments “to help relieve the frontline workload,” the statement read.

At present, there are a total of 42 non-locally trained doctors working in the city’s public hospitals, and the Hospital Authority spokesperson said that recruitment would continue.

Responding to an enquiry from HKFP, the Hospital Authority said that the 13 non-locally trained doctors approved by the Medical Council of Hong Kong announced on Wednesday were allowed to practise in public hospitals under limited registration, instead of the new pathway of special registration.

Under that new pathway, doctors who have graduated from 50 non-local medical schools are able to practise in Hong Kong public hospitals without taking additional licensing exams under a special registration route.

The Hospital Authority. File photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The recognised medical programmes are mainly from the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, with Fudan University becoming the first qualified Chinese medical school to join the list earlier this month.

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Peter Lee

Peter Lee is a reporter for HKFP. He was previously a freelance journalist at Initium, covering political and court news. He holds a Global Communication bachelor degree from CUHK.