Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, attended the Grand Opening of the Jockey Club Home for Hospice in Sha Tin on September 28. In view of the ageing population in Hong Kong, Lam says the government will continue to enhance provision of elderly and palliative care in the city.
At the opening ceremony, Lam praised the new hospice as “another major step forward in palliative care in Hong Kong”. In her opening speech, she mentioned the public hospitals managed by the Hospital Authority also provide more than 360 beds specifically for terminally ill patients. Yet, Lam admitted the number is “far from enough”, considering the ageing population.
“Like other countries around the world, Hong Kong is facing an escalating demand for accessible palliative care. The government is working to enhance the provision of such care services,” said Lam.
To enhance the provision of medical care for the elderly, Lam said the Food and Health Bureau had initiated a partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2015 for a three-year study on tackling future challenges due to the ageing population.
In addition, Lam mentioned the recently published Strategic Service Framework for Palliative Care in her speech. The Framework is an overarching document developed by the Hospital Authority to guide the development of adult and paediatric palliative care services in the next five to ten years.
Lam also called for support for the continued efforts in palliative care services for terminally ill patients and their families. “’When days cannot be added to life, add life to days’. I would appeal to every one of you to support this very meaningful cause,” said Lam. MIMS
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