23rd June 2013
Shenzhen Hospital Poaches HK Talents, Demands HKU to Transfer Medical Specialists
University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital is in urgent need for medical staff and has been recruiting people from public hospitals in Hong Kong. Dr. William Sharr Wei, a consultant from the Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery department at Queen Mary Hospital, will be joining the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and will be spending time at its Shenzhen Hospital. Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, admitted that any doctors leaving the public hospital system could potentially affect the quality of the public health service.
HKU-Shenzhen Hospital is in huge demand for staff, many professors from HKU’s medicine school have been taking shifts in the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital. HKU once said that in order to maintain the service quality of Queen Mary Hospital, each specialist department of the medicine school can hire three additional staff. However, some doctors said that “there are only limited number of specialists in Hong Kong”, and Shenzhen Hospital has been poaching from public hospitals in Hong Kong.
Dr William Sharr Wei, who can perform liver transplant independently, and Dr Chan Siu-yin, a vice consultant of Queen Mary Hospital’s department of surgery, are becoming consultants at HKU and will be working both at the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital and Hong Kong. Dr Sharr will continue to carry out liver transplant operations when he is in Hong Kong. A gastrointestinal surgeon who left Queen Mary Hospital for HKU-Shenzhen Hospital since last year spends 90% of his time working at the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital.
Some doctors criticise that “a certain person” only focuses on helping the development of HKU-Shenzhen Hospital, and poaches talents at HK, even asked each specalist department of the medicine school to hand over talents for Shenzhen Hospital, affecting quality of service at Queen Mary Hospital. Doctors from specialist areas like pediatrics and obstetricians and gynecologists are reluctant to move to China.
Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday (25th June) that there is a shortage of medical doctors in Hong Kong, any doctors leaving the local public or private hospital could affect the medical service in Hong Kong to a certain degree. He believes, however, that HKU has evaluated the liver transplant teams (at Queen Mary Hospital) before making such decision (Dr Sharr’s move). Shenzhen will also compensate HKU by allowing HKU to use Shenzhen’s resources to hire more doctors. HKU, in this incident, “loose some and gain some”.