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Dr C. H. Leong in LegCo Sitting

Education and Professional Qualifications:

M.B.B.S. (Hong Kong)
F.R.C.S. (England)
F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh)
F.R.A.C.S.
F.A.C.S.
F.C.S.H.K.
F.H.K.A.M. (Surgery)
F.A.M.M.
F.A.M.S.
F.H.K.C.C.M
1962
1966
1966
1977
1972
1990
1993
2001
2002
2003

Occupation : Medical Practitioner (Private Practice)


Public Offices

Chairman, Advisory Committee on Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (September 2002 - now)

Chairman, Hospital Authority (October 2002 - now)

President, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (December 2000 - now)

Chairman, Council on Human Reproductive Technology (April 2001 - now)

Chairman, Hong Kong AIDS Foundation (September 1993 - now)

Chairman, Hong Kong Kidney Foundation (September 1989 - now)

Chairman, International Drug Abuse Treatment Foundation (June 1997 - now)

Member, Chinese Medicine Council (September 1999 - now)

Honourary Vice President, Chinese Association of STD/AIDS Prevention and Control, The People's Republic of China (April 1998 - now)

Co-Chairman, Mainland-Hong Kong Committee on AIDS (November 1996 - now)

Vice-Chairman, China AIDS Network (1998 - now)

Council Member, Wu Jieping Urological Foundation, The People's Republic of China (June 1995 - now)

Council Member, Cheng Si Yuan (China - International) Hepatitis Research Foundation (August 1998 - now)

Member, G B Ong Travelling Fellowship Committee (2000 - now)

1988-June 2000 Member, Legislative Council [representing the Medical Functional Constituency]
1995-June 2000 Chairman, House Committee, Legislative Council
1979-84 Founding Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Nephrology
1982-2001 Council Member, Family Planning Association of Hong Kong
1984-86 Member, Medical Development Advisory Committee
1985-90 Member, Consultative Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
1986-88 President, British Medical Association (H K Branch)
1986-93 Member, Medical Council of Hong Kong
1987-94 Chairman, Committee on Scientifically Assisted Human Reproduction
1988-90 Member, Provisional Hospital Authority
1988-91 Chairman, Medical Development Advisory Committee
1988-92 President, Hong Kong Medical Association
1988-94 Founding Chairman, Hong Kong Urological Association
1989-95 Member, Private School Review Committee
1989-96 Member, Action Committee Against Narcotics
1990-93 Founding President, College of Surgeons of Hong Kong
1990-95 Council Member, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1990-2002 Member, Hospital Authority
1993-2002 Chairman, Hospital Governing Committee, Tuen Mun Hospital
1995-99 Member, Preparatory Committee on Chinese Medicine
1995-2001 Member, Provisional Council on Reproductive Technology
1996 Member, Association for Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong with China
1996-2000 Vice Chairman, Independent Police Complaints Council
1996-2002 Member, Advisory Council on the Environment
1997-2002 Chairman, Society for Promotion of Hospice Care
1998-99 Member, Steering Committee on Consultancy Study on Financing of the Hong Kong Healthcare System
2000-2002 Chairman, Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society
2001-2003 Vice-Chairman, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network


HIGHLIGHT OF MY INVOLVEMENT AND SIGNIFICANT PERFORMANCE SINCE 1988

    All of the achievements listed below would not have been possible without the efforts of many medical and dental colleagues. Yet, I can also honestly and proudly claim credit, with hands across my heart, for initiating, spearheading and heavily involving in all these tasks I list.


FOR THE MEDICAL PROFESSION

(those marked are also related to the Dental Profession)

(A) In the Legislative Council

(1) Medical Registration Ordinance

Introducing Universal Licensing Examination before the sovereignty changeover.
Strongly opposing the "Transitional Bill" introduced by Hon Selina Chow to exempt Hong Kong residents, who were studying medicine in British and Commonwealth countries by 1 September 1996, from sitting the Universal Licensing Exam. (A referendum on the issue was also conducted with a record high return rate.)

(2)Chiropractors -

Closely scrutinising the Chiropractors Registration Bill; blocking the indiscriminate use of the title Yisang by Chiropractors.
Successfully excluding Chiropractors from the Medical Functional Constituency in legislature elections.

(3)Clinical Waste -

Blocking the construction of a stand-alone mammoth Central Incineration Facility for clinical waste.
Objecting to the previous unfair regulatory proposal and charging of clinical waste handling to the Medical and Dental Professions.

(4) Coroners Ordinance -

Amending the Bill to ensure reasonable criteria and arrangement for reporting to the Coroner.

(5)Inland Revenue -

Negotiating with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue on improving the legislation and ensuring fairer treatment in relation to Service Companies.
Holding seminars for colleagues to provide useful informations.
Pushing for tax reduction for retirement contribution of self-employed Doctors and Dentists (in relation to the Mandatory Provident Fund Regulations).

(6) Human Organ Transplant Ordinance -

Closely scrutinising the Bill, as well as to monitor the subsequent regulations so as to eliminate unnecessary burden on doctors and patients.

(7)Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance (SMP) -

Closely monitoring the amendments to ensure the need for proper referrals by Doctors and Dentists, so as to safeguard patients' safety.
Successful in ensuring that Medical and Dental Professions be exempted from the SMP registration.

(8)Chinese Medicine

Closely scrutinising the Chinese Medicine Bill so as to ensure proper protection of the public.
Ensuring that the Chinese Medicine Ordinance offers exemption for doctors and dentists to apply acupuncture (with distinguishable differences from acupuncture based on traditional Chinese medicine).

(B) In the Hospital Authority (HA)

(1) Involved in the preparation and setting up of the HA.
(2) Successful in lobbying Government to increase 114 consultant posts and 173 Senior Medical Officers post in 1989.
(3) Successful in securing the current HA1 remuneration package which has been in place since HA operation.
(4) Successful in securing HA remuneration package for University Clinicians to opt for.
(5) Consistently opposing Government unilateral change of stance in providing funding for HA, and consistently opposing the HA Board repeated unconditional surrendering to Government pressure.
(6) Consistently reflecting the views of the staff on remuneration package review to the HA Board and the public.
(7) Actively pushing for implementing proper cluster concept for efficient governance and coordination of staff training.
(8) Opening up Tuen Mun Hospital Governing Committee meetings for the staff and public to ensure accountability and enable input of staff at all levels.

(C) Others

(1)Basic Law -

As a member of the Basic Law Consultative Committee, fighting,with the nine professional bodies, and succeeded in securing Professional Autonomy to be set in concrete in the Basic Law.

(2)Hong Kong Academy of Medicine -

Involved in the preparation and setting up of the Academy.
Spearheading a scientific study of manpower needs to negotiate with Government for training funds / posts.

(3) Negotiating with Government on non-emergency ambulance transfer service provision for private hospitals; and helping to secure alternative arrangements of patient transfer.

(4) Setting up the post of Public Relations Officer in Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) as a means to strengthen its ability on proactively react to issues of health care and other public interest.

(5) Initiating HKMA to consider, in 1990/91, the feasibility of setting up a non-profit making All Doctors Corporation, which all registered doctors can join as shareholders, so as to encounter the threat of contract medicine and Health Maintenance Organisations practice. Recently, the issue has also been revisited by the HKMA and Estate Doctors Association.

(6) Conducting extensive consultation, as well as referenda, on colleagues' views towards the Government consultation documents relating to health financing: "Towards Better Health" (in 1993) and "Improving Hong Kong Health Care System: Why and For Whom?" (The Harvard Report) (in 1999). The profession's views were subsequently put forward to the Government.

I have also produced my own Policy Paper -- "Health Care Reform -- A Better Alternative", which contains acumulative thoughts of my over ten years of involvement in public services, in particular in health care.

(7) Monitoring, as a member of the Preparatory Committee on Chinese Medicine (CM) (now the Chinese Medicine Council), the development of legislative registration of CM Practitioners, regulatory system for CM, and the role CM will play in the whole health care spectrum.


FOR THE DENTAL PROFESSION

(those marked above are also related to the Dental Profession)

(1) Establishing the Dental Sub-Committee under the Medical Development Advisory Committee.
(2) Monitoring the amendments to the Dentists Registration Ordinance, and pushing for an overall revamp.
(3) Pushing for inclusion of Dental Policy in Government overall health care policy review.
(4) Closely monitoring the progress of Government proposed registration for ancillary dental personnels.
(5) Monitoring of private practice arrangements in the Prince Philip Dental Hospital.
(6) Improving the licensing charges related to radiation apparatus.


FOR THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES

(1) Closely scrutinising and/or amending the following Bills for the betterment of public health and benefit: -
Public Health (Smoking) Ordinance (for banning tobacco advertisements in phases)
-- initiating a Private Member Bill to push for Government actions
Various Equal Opportunities Bills
-- being the Chairman of the Bills Committee for scrutinising the various Bills
Chinese Medicine Ordinance
Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance
Dentists Registration Ordinance
Medical Registration Ordinance
Mental Health Ordinance
Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance
Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance
Pneumoconiosis (Compensation) Ordinance
Toys and Children Products Safety Ordinance

(2)

Moving of Motion Debates, or amending others, related to health:
Consultancy Report on Health Care Financing
Pushing for reasonable medical charging policy
Improvement of Public Medical Services
Medical Financing Policy
Primary Health Care Revamp
Overall review of Occupational Health Policy and Services
Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Review of Rehabilitation Policy
Overall Elderly Policy
Childhood Trauma
Care for Elderly at Risk

(3) Pushing for, and closely monitoring, the overall review of Health Care Policy and Health Financing Policy.

(4) Monitoring health services and policies closely, particularly through the LegCo Health Services Panel.

(5) Enhancing the transparency of Hospital Authority through open discussion of various HA issues particularly in the LegCo Health Services Panel.

(6) Setting an example of enhancing transparency and accountability of Hospital Authority operation by opening the Hospital Governing Committee meetings of Tuen Mun Hospital.

(7) Spearheading and actively organising training for AIDS field workers of the Mainland China.