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Extend the retirement age of medical care and reduce the loss of frontline nurses: poor working environment in public hospitals rarely do until retirement

2021-09-24T19:47:58.581Z

The Hospital Authority announced the extension of the employment period of frontline medical staff from 60 to 65 with immediate effect. Ling Xiaozhi, president of the Public Medical Doctors Association, pointed out in a radio program today (24th) that 70 to 80% of the



The Hospital Authority announced the extension of the employment period of frontline medical staff from 60 to 65 with immediate effect.

The President of the Public Medical Doctors Association, Ling Xiaozhi, pointed out in a radio program today (24) that according to the data of the Hospital Authority, 70% to 80% of the doctor's wastage rate did not come from retirement.

He also pointed out that the Hospital Authority has always had a plan to re-employ after retirement, and questioned how many more doctors after 60 years of age will stay in the future, worrying that the measures are just a drop in the bucket.


The Hospital Authority also stated in the program that in addition to extending the retirement age, the Hospital Authority has been providing professional training for doctors and nurses, and the government is considering introducing overseas doctors, which is expected to help the situation.


The Hospital Authority announced the extension of the employment period of frontline medical staff to 65 years of age.

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Ling Xiaozhi, president of the Public Medical Doctors Association, said that with reference to the data of the Hospital Authority, in 2019/20, the attrition rate of the doctor grade was 5.4%, of which only 0.9% of the attrition rate was due to retirement, that is, 70 to 80% were not due to retirement. And churn.

Ling Xiaozhi continued that some of the doctors who entered the private market before retiring were young doctors who had just obtained the qualifications of specialists but were exhausted from working in the Hospital Authority.

Regarding the Hospital Authority's claim that it is difficult to retain these doctors and transfer them to the private market, he thinks that the idea is too negative, so other measures should be considered to retain them.

Ling Xiaozhi said that the Hospital Authority has always had a plan to re-employ after retirement, and questioned how many more doctors after 60 years old will stay in the future. "The 60-year-old is 65 years old and it's just a drop in the bucket." Ling hopes, the bureau. The party can promise that the relevant post is an additional post. For example, the delayed retirement of a consultant doctor will not affect the promotion of the original middle-level staff. It also hopes that the extended staff can do clinical work instead of management work.

Liu Kaiwen, a full-time medical staff and director of the Nurses Association, believes that the Hospital Authority sees the seriousness of the shortage of medical care, but measures to extend the retirement age may not attract frontline staff to stay.

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Liu Kaiwen, a full-time medical staff and director of the Nurses Association, believes that the Hospital Authority sees the seriousness of the shortage of medical care, but measures to extend the retirement age may not attract frontline staff to stay.

He pointed out that the public hospital environment was overcrowded, the work pressure was high, and shifts were required. With the increase in discipline and family status considerations, many of the front-line workers retire at the age of 60. He believes that the authorities have not addressed relevant issues squarely.

He pointed out that under the current political climate, some employees need to take an oath. Employees holding foreign passports may be worried about being accused of treason, having employees or choosing to emigrate.

He pointed out that if the health care oath is limited to the management level, it depends on the range of levels involved. If it includes networking or department level, more people will be involved; if it only involves the members of the General Assembly of the Hospital Authority or the president level, it is believed to be more than extending the retirement age. Retain people, but it is not optimistic about civil servants taking oaths regardless of their ranks.

In addition, the Hospital Authority will implement a new professional ladder for nurses, starting from 2022 to recruit more than 140 assistant consultant nurses.

Hong Kong Nurses Association Secretary-General Ho Hongkun believes that the measures can solve some of the manpower problems. He said that nurses have multiple ranks, hoping that the authorities can increase the ranks of promotion to retain manpower. He also suggested that the government increase the number of nurses to cover the demand for services.

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Ji Yan appointed a colleague to do front-line clinical work as much as possible

The Director of Human Resources of the Hospital Authority Mak Chi-wai said that he hopes to extend his post as colleagues to do the frontline clinical work as much as possible, because the current pressure mainly comes from frontline patient services.

He said that senior colleagues may have been in management before leaving, but based on past experience, I believe there is no major problem in adapting.

In addition to extending the retirement age, Mak said that the HA has been providing professional training for doctors and nurses, and the government is considering introducing overseas doctors, which is expected to help the situation.

Regarding the addition of deputy consultant nurses, Pan Enrong, Chief Nursing Administration Manager of the Hospital Authority, said that the addition of positions can strengthen the nurse structure, and nurses who used to work in clinical practice can increase their chances of promotion.

He pointed out that the assistant consultant nurse is between senior nurses and consultant nurses, and the starting salary is the same as that of the ward manager.

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