To : Mr York Y N Chow, SBS, JP Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Ms Sandra Lee, JP Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Chairman and Council Members of Chinese Medicine Council Hong Kong
Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR
Chief Executive of HKSAR
I write to request your kind consideration of the captioned subject.
As the regulation of Industry chinese medicines starts for a few
years, in order to better develop and make it more prosperous, may
I here recommend a way to attract more experienced and qualified
professional(s) from the Peolpe Republic of China to Hong Kong so
as to help improve the image and strengthen the reputation.
No one can deny that the industry starts from ancient China where
has accumulated thousand years of experiences and I also understand
that there are a a lot of academics recruited from China to deliver
lectures and carry out researches in the following universities:
Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and
University of Hong Kong. In addition, I also learn that graduates
from these Universities are sent ot the Mainland, China to get
their apprentice practising. Therefore, the QUALITY of Licensed
Chinese Medicine Pracititioners, CMP, of China is CONSTRUCTIVELY
affirmed and approved as equivalent as that of Hong Kong by
Profession / Industry and or Education in Hong Kong.
My suggestion simply asks your Council to allow the practising of
the REAL experienced and qualified professional(s) of the Licensed
CMP in Hong Kong by augmenting the Chapter 549, the Chinese
Medicine Ordinance as follows:
1. Section:67 Registration
A person is qualified to apply to be registered as a registered
Chinese medicine practitioner under section 69 if-
a) he has passed the Licensing Examination; or
b) the Practitioners Board has determined that he is so qualified under section 92.
"Proposed to augment:
c) The person has the Practising License of Chinese Medicine
Nation-wide) issued by Ministry of Health, Pepole Republic of
2. Section: 92 Heading: Alternative qualifying requirements
1) The Practitioners Board may determine a person to be qualified
to be registered under section 69 if it is satisfied, after
assessment, that the person-
a) is one whose name is entered on the list maintained under section 90; and
b) has acquired substantial experience, knowledge and skills in
the practice of Chinese medicine.
2) No person shall be regarded as having acquired substantial
experience, knowledge and skills for the purpose of subsection
1)(b) unless he has-
a) attained the standard which qualifies him to be exempted from
the Licensing Examination under section 93;
b) passed the registration assessment as required under section 94; or
c) passed the Licensing Examination as required under section 95.
"Proposed to augment:
c) The person has the Practising License of Chinese Medicine (Nation-wide) issued by Ministry of Health, Pepole Republic of China."
3. S 95: Requirement to undertake Licensing Examination
1) A listed Chinese medicine practitioner who-
a) satisfies the Practitioners Board that immediately before 3
January 2000, he has been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong "or Pepole Republic of China" (propose to augment) for a continuous period of less than 10 years; or
(b) has failed the registration assessment,
shall be required to undertake the Licensing Examination, the
passing of which shall qualify him to apply to be registered as a
registered Chinese medicine practitioner under section 69.
2) Notwithstanding subsection (1)(b), a listed Chinese medicine
practitioner who has made a request for review under section 96
shall not be required to undertake the Licensing Examination
pending the outcome of the review.
As Hong Kong is a open society where attract qualified
professionals to help prosper the society. This perspective is
always advocated by the Government of HKSAR, implemented by the
Immigration Department through the Scheme of Attracting Professionals.
We are no afraid of competition that drives to perfect the industry / the entity concerned but we are really afraid of allowing the person who does not qualify to practise that undermine the reputation of the Industry in Hong Kong and this is what the REGULATION means.
I do hope that you may consider my view.
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