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October 2016

I am sure you are sick of me talking about policies, advices to Government on Primary Care and Medical Council Amendment Bill. Let’s talk about an action packed month.

Last month the Academy arranged a special dinner for the young fellows and each College can invite two superstars. I always pick the best candidate from the Conjoint Examination and the best candidate from the Exit Examination. This year I welcomed Dr. Kwan Sin Man and Dr. Lai Sum Yin to accompany me at this wonderful evening. Prof. Rosie Young and Dr. Donald Li set the evening in motion. There was a lucky draw for the young fellows and three of them had to deliver a speech to an audience of five tables. The lucky three all had the symptoms of hand tremors, dysphagia and dysarthria and they recovered in time to enjoy the Norwegian Salmon with spring onion or lemon sauce. The 30th Conjoint Examination is just round the corner and I wish all the candidates to pass the examination with flying colours. Remember a free meal is waiting for the hard working one!

Dr. Stephen Foo and Dr. Chan Hung Chiu had represented the College to attend the RACGP conferment in Perth. They had a good exchange with international guests from Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. RACGP will commence the new accreditation process next year. Both Stephen and HC are at the forefront of this whole process and our preparation has been meticulous. I sorely missed the GP16, the RACGP Conference for General Practice which was incredibly well organized. I also missed the visit to Perth Mint, one of my main numismatic mints.


Dr. Donald Li had organized a lunch meeting for us with Ms Shalini Mahtani of The Zubin Foundation, the founder of HospitalAdvisor. It is an independent online platform for patients. Its aim is to give patients information about quality of care in Hong Kong’s hospitals so that patients can make informed decisions about their hospital choice. HospitalAdvisor covers all hospitals in Hong Kong, both public and private.

It rates quality of care in hospitals using patient experiences to answer a short survey of questions. This survey of questions and its unique methodology, developed by The Zubin Foundation together with the Harvard Global Health Institute and School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, rates and ranks hospitals based on a Quality of Care Index. This is a completely new experience for us. If you are interested, do look up https://hospitaladvisor.org.hk

On 2nd October 2016, “The International NO Alcohol Day”, Prof. Frances Wong Kam Yuet of Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, Dr. Mak Sin Ping of Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and I had a briefing with the media. The man behind the scene was Prof. Martin Wong and luckily he was not drunk on the day but was shy from the media cameras.

The survey conducted by Prof. Frances Wong at Hong Kong Polytechnic University revealed that 38% of Form Three students had drinking experience and on average respondents started drinking at 10.9 years old. Students with friends that drank were almost 33 times more likely to consume alcohol than those without the peer influence.

We called for the government to bolster regulation to ensure alcohol is not sold to people aged below 18. I was glad to hear Dr. Ko Wing-man, the Secretary for Food and Health Bureau had come out the same evening mentioning the government was investigating ways to regulate the sale of alcohol to youngsters in retail sites without liquor licences. 

Dr. Angus M W CHAN
President

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