The Legislative Council has voted overwhelmingly to allow more overseas-trained doctors to practise in Hong Kong, with the controversial legislation clearing its last hurdle to becoming law after a five-hour meeting.
The passage of the government’s amendment to the Medical Registration Ordinance at its second and third reading on Thursday – by a vote of 39 to one – marked the end of a months-long legislative battle that saw fierce opposition from the health care sector and claims the law would lower medical standards and lead to an influx of mainland China-trained practitioners unfamiliar with the local system.
The original proposal submitted by the government, tabled in Legco since June, centred on waiving local licensing exams for overseas-trained doctors, provided they satisfied three requirements.
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