The Hong Kong Government says that in the coming ten years, there will a shortage of 2200 medical staff members. The Legco Panel on Health Services proposes that non-locally trained medical staff be recruited. Although Mainland China medical staff is not mentioned in the Panel’s report, Dr. York Chow, former Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong, already proposed importation of mainland doctors and nurses when Donald Tsang was Chief Executive. Last year, former Chief Executive C.Y. Leung tried to manipulate The Medical Council of Hong Kong, in order to lower the threshold for extra-territorial medical staff to come and practise in Hong Kong, and to introduce doctors from Communist China. In fact, there are now already quite a few Mainland doctor practising in public hospitals in Hong Kong. Last year, two home care companies recruited nurses trained in China. So there is good reason to suspect that recruiting non-locally trained medical staff could mean recruiting medical staff trained in Communist China.
I object to importing Mainland doctors and nurses, because medical studies in China are often fraudulent; doctors and nurses from Communist China significantly differ from those from Hong Kong in terms of medical ethics and medical training. Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting finds that organ harvesting in China is a widespread, systematic, state-sanctioned atrocity. In April this year, the prestigious academic publisher, Springer, withdrew 107 medical articles, almost all of which were connected with China medical scholars. In September last year, Plagiarism Watch discovered that the Brazilian medical magazine SCI had been paid by China scholars to publish a number of articles suspected of plagiarism and fraud. If it is absolutely necessary to import Western-style medical staff, only Commonwealth medical staff whose training system is similar to that of Hong Kong should be considered.
On the other hand, with shortage of medical staff, why do the authorities not consider a fairer distribution of resources? Why shouldn’t investment be made, not only in Western-style medicine, but also in traditional Chinese medicine and natural therapies, e.g., homeopath?
I propose that an independent traditional Chinese medicine hospital be set up. Why should it be independent? Well, according to Dr. Vincent Lee Yu-ming, a local expert in Chinese medicine, the philosophical systems of Western and Chinese medicines so vastly different from each other that their theories simply cannot be merged. Chinese medicine stresses the whole; Western medicine places a premium on individual parts. Chinese medicine understands the human body metaphysically and systematically, while Western medicine is more physical and reductionist. Chinese medicine emphasizes harmony and compliance with nature, while Western stresses struggle and conquer of nature.
There are many kinds of natural therapy. Some of them are scientifically proved to be effective, for example, homeopath. Gibson (1980) randomized 46 patients to homeopathic remedies or placebo. Within 12 months, 42 percent of homeopathically treated patients, but not the placebo group, managed to stop all conventional pharmaceutical treatments. Jacobs et al. (1994) treated 81 Nicaraguan children suffering from dangerously acute diarrhea with standard support of IV fluids, plus either an individualized homeopathic remedy or placebo. After 72 hours, the group that received a homeopathic therapy had a statistically significant decrease in duration of diarrhea and in number of stools per day.
The British Royal Family, including Queen Adelaide, Queen Victoria, Queen Mary, King George V, King George VI, The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, etc. , has been known for having special appreciation and even advocacy for homeopathy. Most of them enjoyed or are still enjoying longevity. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-kings-homeopath_b_827499.html)
I, therefore, propose that the government set up a homeopathy hospital and a homeopath medical school.
In a word, in order to protect the safety of Hong Kong patients, build hospitals of alternative medicine, and do not import medical staff from China!
Note: The above is Chapman Chen’s speech delivered on 4 July, at the public hearing of Legco Panel on Health Services, on strategic review on healthcare manpower planning and professional development.
Gibson, R.G. Homeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation by Double-Blind Clinical Therapeutic Trial. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1980, 9, pp.453-459
Jacobs, J. etal. (1994). Treatment of Acute Childhood Diarrhea with Homeopathic Medicine: A Randomized Clinical Trial in Nicaragua, Pediatrics, 93, 5, 719-725.