The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) welcomes the Government’s new initiatives in enhancing the healthcare and welfare services of Hong Kong as announced by the HKSAR Chief Executive the Hon. Mrs Carrie Lam in her 2021 Policy Address on 6 October 2021.
With our shared goal of realising the provision of quality, timely and reliable health and human services to the community, we support the policies and measures in the Policy Address that further enhance the protection of the health and well-being of Hong Kong people.
As one of the city’s major providers of accredited tertiary education in health and human services disciplines, we concur with the Government’s move to increase the number of local healthcare training places, promote the development of primary healthcare services, and foster medical-social collaboration to meet the rising demand for health and social care from the territory’s ageing population.
Furthermore, we strongly support the Government’s following up of the proposal to amend relevant legislation to allow patients to directly access the services of healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists without needing to first attain a doctor’s referral. If implemented, this will greatly relieve the heavy workload of doctors and reduce delays and costs for patients.
We also support the Government’s decision to make continuing professional education and development a mandatory requirement to ensure the professional competency of healthcare professionals, as this will help to protect the public interest as well as assist in laying out a progression path for healthcare professionals.