在恒生銀行開設的新帳戶是用於與Vital Base International Limited的聯合項目，本會的電子藥品平台以及新設計的香港西醫工會延續醫學進修視頻網站及主頁面。該帳戶將由香港西醫工會和Vital Base聯合審核。職工會登記局的代表於今年7月3日及9月28日來檢查我們的帳目。如以往一樣，他們在最後一次到本會辦公室的探訪時亦對我們的帳目文件等報告感到滿意。對於有一則某傳媒對香港西醫工會的惡意歪曲報導，您應該已經閱讀了上一期會訊中的特別會長通訊以及發送給各會員的快速通訊系統電子郵件的澄清內容。
Do you believe in me?
In the coming Council election, I am accused of having led the Union for 24 years in a wrong manner. I am really at a loss on sighting such statement. However, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify on the misrepresentations as presented in some emails and whatsapp messages sent to many of our members by some doctors.
1. Number of HKDU members
The number of members of the Estate Doctors Association (EDA) and now the Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) has never reached the number of 2,000 and not to mention 2,500. The council has recently allotted a budget of HK$300,000 to the membership development committee to provide more initiatives to attract more new members to the Union.
2. Financial situation of committees and council
Since my presidency in EDA and later HKDU, there has been continuous growth of HKDU assets from less than one million Hong Kong dollars to more than six million by now. All through the years since my presidency, our principle is
to let every committee hold function in a way of not to incur any deficit if possible. In actual fact, we aim to have some money gain in each HKDU function. The budget of every function is proposed by each committee and endorsed by the
council. While the Income and Expenditure accounts would be audited and later inspected by The Registry of Trade Unions and subsequently proposed and passed in the Annual General Meeting by all members each year. Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has never written to our Union on any tax matters. We are not aware of any tax investigation exercise by the IRD aroused by any council member yet.
3. HKDU accounts enquiries
We had recently invited the council member who had queries on HKDU accounts to come forward to our Union ofce to have detailed discussion with the involved committee Chairman, Hon. Treasurer and President with the hope to make
things clear and to clear up queries as much as possible. Unfortunately, and unexpectedly he did not turn up for any discussion and verification even after one month of formal invitation by the council. We felt very sorry for him
4. Extravagant spending on annual dinner
The expenditure in 2016 to 2019 annual dinners as reported was made up to include that for the HKDU 50th anniversary dinner. For the account of the 50th anniversary dinner, we had a minimal loss of only HK$30,000 for a banquet of 50 tables and nearly 600 guests and VIPs including our Chief Executive, Secretary for Food and Health, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, representatives of Liaison Ofce of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, President of Chinese Medical Association, representatives of Nang Fang Hospital of Guangzhou (our partner in the project of Hong Kong doctors practicing in Greater Bay Area of mainland China) and many other Presidents and representatives of local medical and non-medical professional bodies.
5. Account discrepancy
The so said discrepancy of cash of HK$ 1 million in 2018 to 2019 account is a malicious, untrue, misleading accusation. According to the opinion of our Union’s Hon. Treasurer, the discrepancy was due to a consequence of change of one accounting system to another accounting system in that year. The was no actual loss by the Union as asserted.
I am sorry to learn that our Hon. Treasurer reported not to know or be aware of the number of HKDU accounts. According to our Secretariat, there are altogether 5 accounts. There is one saving and one current account in Hang Seng Bank. These accounts have been there since the establishment of the Union. There are two additional current accounts with Shanghai Commercial Bank which were opened by the Union as required by the Government to hold up Government CME subsidy fund from the Professional Service Development Assistance Scheme for funding some of our Princess Margaret Hospital Sunday Afternoon Symposia. The most recent account opened with Hang Seng Bank is for the Joint Project with Vital Base International Limited for our e-pharm platform and the newly designed HKDU CME-Video and Homepage. This account will be jointly audited by HKDU and the Vital Base. The representatives of Registry of Trade Unions came to check our accounts on 3 Jul 2020 and 28 Sep 2020 this year. They were satised with our accounts presented at their last visit to the HKDU ofce as usual. For other malicious accusations against our HKDU by one newspaper report, you should have read the clarifications in the Special President’s Message presented in the last Bulletin and in the RCS email to all of you.
Do you believe in me and most of our devoted council members? Can you bear the damaging consequences caused to our union by a few irresponsible members? It’s totally up to you.