More than 60 private docs pitch in to help public hospitals
Monday, February 03, 2020
The Hospital Authority’s director for cluster services Deacons Yeung said more than 60 private doctors have offered to work at public hospitals as thousands of public healthcare workers proceed with strike today, RTHK reports.
The newly-formed Hospital Authority Employees Alliance initiated the industrial action to force the government to completely close down Hong Kong’s border with the mainland, in view of the outbreak of the new coronavirus on the mainland
Dr Yeung said despite the help from the private doctors, the staff shortfall is serious. He urged staff not to go on strike and stay united to fight against the epidemic.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said public health care workers who went on strike actually have the same goal with the government, as both want to reduce the number of cross-border travelers.
He said the only difference they have was the way to do it and the speed of doing it, adding that officials would keep thinking how to reduce the number of cross-border travelers.
But Law noted some 90 percent of them were Hongkongers and closing the border would mean they couldn’t go home.
Speaking on a radio program, the labour chief also said the action of the alliance was legal, but hoped medical workers should remain steadfast and put taking care patients first.
He said that the anti-government protests in recent months had led to people having a lower trust in the government, and some thought taking different actions, even illegal ones, could force the administration to do what they want.