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Kowloon Park arts fair to open

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will launch a new phase of its Arts Fun Fair at Kowloon Park this Sunday.   It will have 16 stalls displaying and selling craftworks that feature fabric crafts, floral artworks and ornaments. Park-goers can also participate in art services such as painting and portrait sketching.   The fair will be open from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays at the park's loggia until May 26 next year.   Visitors can enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery while appreciating a wide range of handicrafts and artworks.   The Arts Corner at Hong Kong Park is being held from noon to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until December 31.   The Arts Corner at Victoria Park welcomes applications from today until June 23 for operating stalls in the coming round of the fair.   For enquiries about the fair in Kowloon Park, call 2724 3344. For questions about Hong Kong Park and Victoria Park, call 2521 5041 or 2890 5824 respectively. http:

Medical registration bill clarified

The Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2021 does not intend to pave the way for the introduction of Mainland doctors, the Government clarified today.   The Government made the statement in response to a recent unfounded online commentary on the bill.   It reiterated that those who wish to become a doctor with special registration must be a Hong Kong permanent resident. The bill aims to attract Hong Kong permanent residents who are doctors in any place outside Hong Kong to return to the city and serve in the public healthcare sector.   The amendment is not intended to abolish the current licensing examination system but to create a new pathway for qualified non-locally trained doctors to practise in the public healthcare sector of Hong Kong on the premise of ensuring the quality of doctors, the Government said.   It pointed out that doctors with special registration are subject to multiple supervisions to ensure quality, while locally trained doctors can obtain full registration after completing the internship. The Government is actually imposing a higher requirement on non-locally trained doctors.   It also noted that the current registration system is ineffective, causing the proportion of non-locally trained doctors to drop significantly to an average of 13% for the five years between 2015 and 2019.    Additionally, the bill does not bypass the Medical Council and non-locally trained doctors will still need to register under the council and be subject to its disciplinary regulation like local doctors, it said.   The Government plans to submit the bill to the Legislative Council on June 2.
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