Regina Ip calls for review of policy for people with disabilities
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Chief Executive candidate Mrs. Regina Ip has called on the government to review and improve the allocation of resources for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

She made the comments while attending a forum on Sunday co-organised by the Rehabilitation Alliance Hong Kong and Users Voice HK to meet people with chronic illnesses or disabilities. A few Election Committee members from the medical, health services and social welfare subsectors also attended the forum.  

“The valuable exchange of views has allowed to me to better understand the difficulties faced by people with chronic illnesses or disabilities in daily life, particularly when seeking healthcare. I agree that primary healthcare, preventive care and rehabilitation services are equally important. The government should review and improve the allocation of resources. Further efforts have to be made to create a barrier free environment, especially in terms of hospital facilities and transportation. Many hospitals were built a long time ago and cannot meet the needs, but new hospital projects must take this into consideration. Also, I believe innovation and technology can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.” Mrs. Ip said. 

Participants of the forum came from 11 organisations. During the three-hour forum, they raised questions about healthcare planning, community-based rehabilitation, Medical Council reform, Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme, definitions of disabilities, barrier free access and facilities in hospitals and clinics, Hong Kong Rehabilitation Programme Plan, employment for people with disabilities, night-time psychiatric services, “ageing in place”, and communication barriers for people with visual, speech or hearing impairments. 

Mrs. Ip concluded that she would consider incorporating the participants’ suggestions in her platform. She and her team will continue to meet various parties and organisations to explain her policy platform and seek support.

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