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Hong Kong to reserve beds for local pregnant women

(People's Daily Online)

15:58, March 29, 2012

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

Hong Kong has taken several measures to prevent non-local pregnant women from flocking to the port city to give birth, Lin Ruilin, head of the Hong Kong Department of Mainland Affairs said yesterday, and on the same day, Zhou Yiyue, head of Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, said that in 2013 public hospitals will reserve all the beds for local demands, according to the report of Hong Kong China News Agency (CNA).

Lin said that in order to prevent the pregnant women of Chinese mainland from rushing to Hong Kong to give birth without any appointment, Hong Kong has taken several measures including stepping up inspections at entry points and cracking down on illegal agencies, etc.

Lin pointed out that these measures have proved to be effective. The number of the non-local pregnant women who rush to hospitals without reservation has reduced from 50 per week in October, 2011 to 20 per week.

With the increase of Hong Kong’s local pregnant women, Hong Kong’s public hospitals will reserve all the beds for local people, Zhou said.

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wende at 2012-03-2971.255.86.*
Medical professionals have sworn to treat every person that needs medical assistance. The rule does not fit the principle. This is an overbearing law and it should be repealed.

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