Guangdong on lookout for Chinese medicine docs from HK

Top News | Wallis Wang and Sophie Hui 31 Aug 2021

Guangdong is recruiting 12 traditional Chinese medicine doctors - 10 from Hong Kong and two from Macau - to work at seven public hospitals in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

The recruitment, which starts today and ends on September 20, will offer housing and social insurance to the right candidates.

Guangdong Provincial Health Commission deputy director Xu Qingfeng said candidates must be permanent residents with valid practicing certificates in the two SARs. Results will be released before October 15.

But it is not known when the TCM doctors will start working in the seven hospitals, which include the Guangdong Province Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, Guangdong Second Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital and Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.

Xu did not reveal the pay on offer, but guaranteed that Hong Kong and Macau practitioners will enjoy the same salary and benefits as their mainland counterparts.

The hospitals will offer medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance, maternity insurance and endowment insurance, and practitioners can live in flats with lower rent subsidized by the mainland government.

Chan Wing-kwong, chairman of the Hong Kong Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners Association, said there are about 7,000 registered Chinese medicine doctors in the city. And that is too many, he added.

He said the recruitment program is attractive to practitioners aged between 20 and 40, who account for 30 percent of manpower.

Chan said the practitioners can gain experience from working in high-standard mainland hospitals and bring their training back to Hong Kong, keeping in mind the opening of the Chinese Medicine Hospital in Hong Kong in 2025.

The Food and Health Bureau welcomed the move, expressing gratitude to mainland authorities for supporting Chinese medicine development in Hong Kong.

"The measure enables Hong Kong Chinese medicine practitioners to further their practice within the national health-care system, thereby promoting exchanges in Chinese medicine and providing Hongkongers - particularly the younger generation - with the opportunity to pursue development in the Greater Bay Area," said Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee.

Currently, Chinese medicine practitioners from Hong Kong are allowed to practice and establish health-care institutions in the mainland under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, she said.

The latest arrangement will allow Hong Kong practitioners to expand their scope for development, Chan added.

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