繼1月份梁家騮議員發起的業界政改民調中有逾5成半的同業拒絕接受「人大 831框架」，香港醫學會亦緊隨於2月份進行相類似的業界民調，最終得出極相近之結果，乃5成3的受訪同業不接受政府提出的政改方案。 而香港醫學界未來的主人翁，醫學生及牙醫學生，逾9成反對「人大831框架」下的政改方案。杏林覺醒認為，業界對於「人大831框架」的立場已經非常淸晰。
回想林鄭月娥司長較早前只願意以一個閉門的形式，對醫學界進行了一個說敎式的「諮詢」，對業界民調的意見充耳不聞，毫無誠意。如今政府推出一個 「不換湯、不換藥、加毒藥」的方案，實屬意料之內。誠如史會長曾於諮詢會上提出，希望終極方案會「多亮點、有驚喜」。但如今結果是，終極方案「既無亮點 ,也無驚喜」，作為一個香港市民以及醫學界的一員，實在感到意興闌珊，有如被強權壓榨及玩弄之感。
縱使醫學界兩度民調，反對831框架，但醫學會仍堅持「再做」一次民調去「搜集」業界意見。貴會2月份政改民調報告中並沒有把學生會員 (student member) 的分析結果公開，但在梁家騮議員的民調結果指出有9成醫學生反對831方案。 我們費煞思量，短時間內問相同問題，而唯一的改變是剔除醫學生會員作分開計算，似乎是「優化結果」多於「優化」民調機制！醫學會是次問卷調查方法 (methodology) 前後不一，實在令人摸不著頭腦。
面臨對下一代影響深遠的公共議題，何以將大部份醫學界的未來棟樑「呼之則來，揮之則去」？醫學會此舉可有尊重下一代的感受？ 醫學會副會長陳以誠醫生於5月1日的「自由風自由phone」節目裡，指醫學生不是選民 (註一)。杏林覺醒必須指出，此乃嚴重謬誤，而醫學會如此安排實屬不智之舉。史會長及眾會董一定知道，及至2017年，現時的2000多名醫學生，將會有700多名醫學生畢業成為醫學界選民，即使其餘的仍未成為醫學界選民，他們絶大部分皆會是香港合資格的選民，對於政改如此重要而又非純學術議題，他們有絕對的參與權。希望各會董明白，他們跟你和我的政治權利都是均等的，並没尊貴卑賤、「大仙小鬼」、老師學生、上司下屬、教授“Houseman”之分。
20 May 2015
An open letter to Dr. Louis Shih, President of the Council of the Hong Kong Medical Association
Dear Dr. Shih,
Over 55% of the medical professionals who participated in the survey on the Constitutional Reform 2017 conducted by the Legislative Councilor Dr. Hon Leung Ka-lau in January 2015 voiced their opinion against the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ; and a similar result was obtained in another survey conducted by the Hong Kong Medical Association subsequently in February 2015. Moreover, over 90% of the medical and dentistry students, being the future pillars of our profession, voiced their opinion against the ʻ831 resolutionʼ. It is in our opinion that our professional field has demonstrated our stance against the ʻ831 resolutionʼ vocally in these two surveys.
In April 2015, the HKSAR government unveiled the final package for constitutional reform regarding the Chief Executive election procedures in 2017, which was as expected to adhere strictly to the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ without any reflection of the vocal demands of Hong Kong people to an open and fair universal suffrage. The uncompromising and condescending attitude of the HKSAR government officials is such a damning mockery to the vocal demands of a large proportion of Hong Kong people and such a political reform package blatantly strips us of our civil and political rights as protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As the representative body of the medical profession, the HKMA was trusted to reflect the opinions of its members in a fair manner. It is deeply disappointed that at this crucial juncture of Hong Kong, some of the HKMA council members acted as cronies of the government officials and failed to uphold their neutrality. We are deeply concerned about some of the recent actions of the HKMA regarding the Constitutional Reform:
1. A closed-door enquiry session on the Constitutional Reform
The enquiry session on the Constitutional Reform conducted by the HKMA on 28th February was in a closed-door manner and only 150 members were allowed to attend the session to express their opinion to Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Secretary of HKSAR. Moreover, the session was conducted in the manner of a lecture by Mrs. Lam, rather than a genuine exchange of opinion between the attendants and the Chief Secretary. It was also mind-baffling that videotaping or recording was prohibited during the session and no media presence was allowed. It was profoundly regretful that HKMA did not conduct the session in an openly manner for all of the concerned members to
￼￼participate and express their views to the Chief Secretary.
2. The HKMAʼs stance on the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ of the Constitutional Reform
Medical professionals place their trust on the HKMA to reflect their opinions fairly. We believe that the council members of the HKMA should not let their personal sentiments override the voices of its members. Tragically, Dr. Shih repeatedly supports the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ in a public and staunchly manner without reflecting on the voices of a large proportion of the medical professionals who demonstrated strong reservations on the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ as shown in the previous two surveys. We would like to reiterate that the HKMA is an independent professional body and carries neither responsibility nor rights to act as the lobbying body for the government.
3. ʻRectifyingʼ previous survey results by conducting another survey?
It is beyond our understanding that the HKMA decides to conduct another survey on the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ within the professional field despite the previous two surveys unanimously demonstrated the opposition to the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ. The survey by Dr. Leung Ka-lau in January 2015 revealed an overwhelming majority of medical students were against the ʻ831 Resolutionʼ, while such statistics was not published in the survey subsequently conducted by the HKMA. It is difficult not to lead to the suspicion of the motive behind conducting another survey yet again is to remove the opinions of the medical students from the calculation in order to achieve a more favourable result for the government.
The HKMAʼs disregard of the voices of our future pillar is utterly reprehensible. During a radio interview on 1 May 2015, Dr. Alvin Chan, the Vice-President of the Council of the HKMA made an erroneous claim the medical students are not registered voters; therefore their opinions should not be counted in the surveys within the professional body. We would like to point out that there will be over 700 medical graduates who would become an eligible voter in the Medical functional constituency by 2017, and most of the other medical students are already eligible votes in the geographical constituency. It is unreasonable to strip them of their voices as each and every of us is entitled to equal political and civil rights that should be reflected in a fairly manner.
The Hong Kong Medical Association has been lauded by the public as a respectable and reputable professional body over the past 95 years thanks to the diligence and intelligence of the previous council members and presidents. We would like to plead to Dr. Shih and other council members to uphold the hard-earned reputation of the HKMA and maintain clairvoyance of the role of the HKMA in order not to become the rubber stamp and lobbying body of the pro-Beijing camp. We also appeal to the HKMA to uphold the dignity of the medical profession and the liberty of the Hong Kong people.