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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

Patrick Nip tours Govt Flying Service

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the Government Flying Service Headquarters to meet the management and staff of various grades and learn more about their work.   Mr Nip first took a helicopter ride at the department's helipad in Wan Chai, during which he participated in the aircrew's work in flight and watched a simulated coastal rescue.   He was pleased to learn that frontline aircrew conduct these simulated drills and training regularly in order to enhance emergency response capabilities and efficiency.   Mr Nip toured the hangar and the Air Command & Control Centre at the department's Chek Lap Kok headquarters, where he was briefed on the aircraft fleet, related equipment as well as maintenance activities, and how colleagues deployed aircraft and manpower in accordance with various operational needs and emergency responses.   The civil service chief then met Controller of Government Flying Service West Wu and directorate staff for an update on the work of various divisions and the challenges ahead. He also met staff representatives of various grades and exchanged views on matters of concern.   So far, more than 90% of the department's staff have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.   Mr Nip said he was glad to know that the department has been maintaining strong awareness of epidemic prevention.   He also encouraged colleagues to work with dedication and continue to provide quality and efficient aviation support for the public as well as government departments.
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