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Chinese medicine partnership signed

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today witnessed the signing of a strategic collaboration agreement between Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (GDHTCM) and Chinese Medicine Hospital of Hong Kong (CMH).


The agreement establishes a close partnership between the two hospitals in supporting the continuing development of CMH.


GDHTCM President Prof Zhang Zhongde and Chairman of the CMH’s Board of Directors Huen Wong signed the agreement.


With the support of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Health Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the two hospitals will co-operate on several fronts. These include preparatory work for the CMH’s commissioning, exchanges of Chinese medicine talent, cross-boundary discussion of cases, formation of a sharing platform for drug interaction alert notifications, organising academic conferences, development of a scientific research network, and advanced nursing training in specialised services.


Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prof Lo said that, as announced in the 2023 Policy Address, the co-operation mechanism established with the GDHTCM will involve the sharing and exchange of resources, experience and technical capabilities, with the aim of supporting the ongoing development of Chinese medicine.


He added that it also aligns with the goals of the Development Plan for Traditional Chinese Medicine during the 14th Five-Year Plan Period, and realises the objectives of extensive consultation, joint construction and shared benefits that are stated in the Construction Plan for the Chinese Medicine Highlands in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (2020-2025).


The aim is to make further contributions to the high-quality development of Chinese medicine and drive the Greater Bay Area’s development, Prof Lo said.


The health chief subsequently met the CMH’s Board of Directors and core management team to receive a briefing on the implementation of CMH of measures to meet challenges arising from the preparatory work for the hospital's commissioning.


He expressed confidence in the CMH’s development and encouraged its staff to accomplish what he said was a meaningful task.


Adopting a public-private partnership model, construction of the CMS is fully funded by the Government.