Former secretary for home affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping will see his name removed from general practitioner registration for 12 months following his imprisonment in the United States, the Medical Council of Hong Kong ruled yesterday.
The 71-year-old, who was accused of two counts of professional misconduct by the council, will also receive a warning letter for not reporting his case within 28 days of being convicted.
Ho, an ophthalmologist, was jailed for 36 months and fined US$400,000 (HK$3.1 million) in 2019, after being convicted of seven charges in a US federal court, including bribery and money laundering over oil rights for private Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy in Chad and Uganda. He returned to Hong Kong in June after finishing his sentence in New York.
Ho and his lawyers did not attend the council's disciplinary hearing yesterday.
Grace Tang Wai-king, who chaired the inquiry panel, said although Ho's seven charges are not related to his identity as a doctor, he cannot get rid of the moral framework and his bribery case has aroused public concern.
But the panel considered his contributions to society for years and decided to only remove his name from general practitioner registration for 12 months.
Hong Kong Medical Association president Gabriel Choi Kin said a doctor whose name has been removed from the general practitioner list cannot practice, even if he or she is licensed as a specialist.