Hospitals' HR boss at center of strike row quits

Local | Erin Chan 5 Aug 2020

A doctor who caused controversy during the Hospital Authority medical worker strike in the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak has resigned to go back to clinical work.

Pang Fei-chau has resigned as head of human resources at the authority, but said he may return to clinical work later.

Pang generated controversy after saying the authority would go after thousands of frontline medical workers who joined a strike urging the government to close border crossings with the mainland during the first wave in February.

A spokesman for the authority said Pang quit due to personal reasons.

As an internal medicine doctor, Pang was appointed head of Grantham Hospital in Aberdeen in 2016 and chief executive of Tung Wah Hospital in 2017, before his latest role at the authority in 2018.

Pang also once served as the chief manager at the authority's medical grade and quality and standards sections, where he steered simulation training for staff, revamped the training curriculum for medical interns and launched the hospital accreditation program in five hospitals.

Winnie Yu Wai-ming, the chairwoman of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, said she hoped Pang would be more understanding of the plight of frontline medical workers if he were to rejoin the authority.

Yu said one of the demands in the February strike her union initiated was for the provision of ready-to-wear uniforms.

"Workers have to bring in their uniforms to work, and they have to constantly wash and dry them on their own," she said.

"When we met Pang face to face at the time, he said 'I didn't realize workers have to bring in their uniforms to work'."

In February, his section sent strikers an e-mail saying it would follow up on those who failed to meet attendance standards.

He came under fire again last month for announcing a pay freeze.

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