Message from the President, Prof. Raymond Liang, July 2010
An important project of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine is the collaboration with the Ministry of Health on the accreditation of medical specialists in Mainland China. Started and led by our Immediate Past President, Professor Grace Tang, and supported by the Colleges, we are making steady progress. A pilot scheme was started a couple of years ago, involving our four Colleges, namely the Dental Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Paediatricians and Ophthalmologists. I witnessed all the good wills and hard work. There were numerous visits and meetings and an interim report was written. These efforts are now bearing fruit. We just receive an invitation to attend the first ceremony to be held in Beijing, awarding certificates to the first batch of accredited medical specialists in Mainland China. We are all very joyful to witness this initial success. However, we know very well that this is only the end of the very beginning. I can foresee a lot of works still need to be done and this is only the start.
The other important project of our Academy is the hosting of the First Tripartite Congress with the Academies of Medicine of Singapore and Malaysia. It will be held on 12-14 November 2010. The Organizing Committee led by our Vice-President, Dr Donald Li, has worked very hard to plan an excellent scientific programme for you. Please mark your diary and join us for this important event.
After years of consultation, the SAR Government is now committed to a Voluntary Medical Insurance Scheme for Hong Kong. Food and Health Bureau is planning to release an initial plan for further consultation at the end of the year. While I am representing you in the Advisory Committee, I would encourage you to let me know your views before the final draft is ready. This is our next important move after the establishment of the Hospital Authority in the 1990ís and will affect every one of us in the years to come.
While we start feeling the heat, I wish you all a very happy Summer!
Professor Raymond Liang