The LegCo Reporter
Issue No. 7 (9 December 2004)

At its meeting on 8 December 2004, the Legislative Council passed the following two motions with no legislative effect:

(1)Motion on "Medical reform", moved by Dr Hon KWOK Ka-ki as amended by Dr Hon Joseph LEE Kok-long, Hon LI Kwok-ying and Hon Andrew CHENG Kar-foo

"That, as the medical and health services in Hong Kong are now facing a big challenge in which the public medical organizations have to cope with unlimited demands with limited resources, and the deficit of the Hospital Authority is increasing year by year whilst there is not sufficient room for the healthy development of the private medical and health services, this Council urges the Government to:
(a)expeditiously formulate a long-term health policy that allows for sustainable development, and draw up a timetable for the implementation of the policy so that the difficulties currently faced by the medical and health services in Hong Kong can be overcome;
(b)establish an advisory framework that comprises front-line health care workers and incorporates broad representation to review the existing policies and assist in formulating future policy directions;
(c)set up a training fund to provide proper training for the new generation of health care personnel so as to tie in with the needs for clinical specialization in medical and health services and avoid any succession gap in health care professionals;
(d)enhance the training on family medicine and community health service so that health care professionals can effectively promote community health and public health;
(e)address the prevailing serious imbalance in the public and private medical and health services;
(f)study and implement options for financing health care;
(g)strengthen the efforts in the prevention of diseases and primary health care with a view to reducing the demand for in-patient services;
(h)incorporate Chinese medicine services into the scope of health care services planning;
(i)adopt as the premise in formulating a medical policy an approach that is people-oriented and does not increase the health care burden on grass-roots people;
(j)enhance primary health efforts, including strengthening the prevention of and scientific research on infectious diseases to prevent any outbreak of epidemics in Hong Kong; and
(k)ensure that there are representatives of patients' organizations in the relevant advisory framework when reviewing the existing policies and formulating future policy directions."

(2)Motion on "Reviewing the basis for charging the trade effluent surcharge and its appeal mechanism", moved by Hon Tommy CHEUNG Yu-yan as amended by Hon Martin LEE Chu-ming

"That this Council urges the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau to expeditiously conduct a comprehensive review of the basis for charging the trade effluent surcharge and its appeal mechanism with a view to ensuring that the charging scheme is fair and reasonable, and that the polluter pays principle is put into effect; furthermore, the Government should also assist the affected persons and businesses in adopting various means including new and high technologies to further conserve water and reduce the discharge of effluent."