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Call Upon Estate Tycoons for Immediate Measures
To Help Private Clinic Tenants
4 May 2020
Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) is an unique trade union with doctor members in both public and private services. Registered with the Trade Union Registry to look after the interests and rights of doctors in their employer employee relationship, HKDU is committed to provide Continuing Medical Education for doctors to maintain and ensure the highest standard of the healthcare doctors to cater for the health of the Hong Kong community.
The current COVID-19 Pandemic has been adversely affecting many businesses in Hong Kong. Private clinics in public and private housing estates are no exception. With the evolution of the pandemic leading to the implementation of Closing Borders and Social Distancing, the business of our private clinics in public and private housing estates has dropped by 70 to 90 % and some colleagues are facing a net loss of HK$ 100,000 to 200,000 per month and the imminent threat of closing down. We note that the Housing Authority and Housing Society have temporarily lowered the rent of their estate clinics since Oct 2019. However, none of our LINK estate clinic tenant members has reported that his/her rent has been temporarily lowered by any amount at all. Instead, LINK insists to raise the rental by 10% for an estate clinic in Tin Shui Wai upon its tenancy expiry this month.
We, private doctors, have to fight with the Government against the COVID-19 by containing the virus through vigilant detection. As such, we have equipped full PPE for our clinic operations which cost additional clinic expenses around HK$ 10,000 per month.
Our Union has asked LINK on rental reduction on 13th March 2020 as in the period of SARS 17 years ago. We have told LINK about the loss of business of public estate doctors who are in the frontline in this battle with COVID-19. We are disappointed with the LINK on the attitude of her management. We note from the media that the Link has established a so-called ‘Support Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Tenants’. However, none of all our member doctors, who are tenant doctors, has ever been informed by Link about the existence of such a scheme, let alone the application procedure and approval criteria.
Our members are facing a big challenge they have never had before, even worse than the SARS time during 2003. Rent is the biggest expense item of a private clinic. Estate Tycoons should take their corporate social responsibility to share the adverse impact of the current crisis. We hope they, particularly LINK, would take immediate and genuine measures to help our members to continue providing services to estate residents.
HKDU hereby calls upon Estate Tycoons, including Link to
(1) Stop further increase rental for one year.
(2) Reduce rent by 50% temporarily for six months for all its estate clinics.
For enquiries, please contact Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat, President, HKDU at 90136478.