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Northbound car travel scheme refined

The Transport Department today announced a refinement to the vehicle inspection arrangement for applications concerning Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles.   As agreed by Guangdong and Hong Kong authorities, from March 1, vehicle inspections will be exempted if the applicant and the vehicle remain unchanged when resubmitting applications for Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles within two years of passing the vehicle inspection and within the validity of the applicant’s electronic vehicle licence from Mainland authorities.   Currently, applicants for the travel scheme are required to conduct vehicle inspections at designated locations in Hong Kong.

Health chief meets Xiamen delegation

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau met a delegation led by Xiamen Municipal People’s Congress Standing Committee Deputy Director Zheng Yuelin today to explore the potential for collaboration between Xiamen and Hong Kong on healthcare matters.

Prof Lo outlined to the delegation Hong Kong’s policies with regard to primary healthcare, as well as developments such as the launch of the city’s Primary Healthcare Blueprint last December. Measures in the blueprint include establishing a community-based primary healthcare system, promoting the family doctor concept and early management of health issues and chronic diseases, and enhancing the Electronic Health Record Sharing System.

Prof Lo also told the delegation about developments in other areas of healthcare in Hong Kong, including medical innovation, public health, the management of hospitals, service quality, and more. Both sides agreed to prioritise co-operation in these areas in the future.

The health secretary added that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to co-operation on healthcare service developments with various Mainland provinces and cities with the aim of benefitting the healthcare development of both the Mainland and Hong Kong and levelling up healthcare delivery.

“Looking ahead, we will remain committed to fostering cross-boundary medical co-operation so as to propel the important national strategy of ‘Healthy China’ through concerted contributions,” he added.

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