All about relief and CME
Subsequent to the release of the HKDU Press Statement on the topic of “Call Upon Estate Tycoons for Immediate Measures To Help Private Clinic Tenants” on 4th May 2020 (Please see page 10-11 of this Bulletin), we held a special meeting with the LINK management in the afternoon on 8th May 2020 by ZOOM. HKDU council representatives, including Drs. Kong Yim Fai Albert, Chan Pui Kwong and myself, and 3 members practicing in LINK estates attended the meeting. The LINK representatives are Claudio Cheung, Assistant General Manager of Leasing Department of LINK, Sampson Wong, Manager of Leasing Department of LINK, YC Wan, General Manager of Corporate Affairs of LINK and Patrick Chan, Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs of LINK.
During the meeting, we stated the difficulties of our members practicing in estate clinics including those under LINK. We elaborated once more on the severe drop of 70 to 90% of business turn over in estate clinics in this Pandemic period since February this year. We reiterated our readiness to help the community to fight against the COVID-19 by fully equipping our clinics with appropriate PPE which costed money. Some of the members in the meeting complained on the high management fee but with poor standard of management of the estates in return.
LINK replied that they would consider rental reduction for clinic tenants in this COVID-19 pandemic on ONE AND ONLY ONE CONDITION that when there are figures showing drop of business of at least 30% in the estate clinics during this Pandemic period. In fact, they need estate doctors to present to them monthly gross income in the past 24 months before they would look into figures to calculate how much reduction that they would offer to help estate doctors in this difficult period.
During the meeting, we have also asked the LINK management not to increase clinic rental for those doctors on renewal within this year. At least we knew immediately after the meeting that what we quoted the intended 10% increase in one estate clinic rental in Tin Shui Wan in the press statement was not realized subsequently. I think this is good news for those doctors practicing under LINK.
We hope that every estate doctor practicing under LINK should apply for rental reduction if they face the severe drop of business in this period due to COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked with the LINK on the following steps (Please refer to Page 11 of this Bulletin) for those interested members to follow so as to streamline the application procedures and expedite approval. We hope that members who apply for rental relief will get reply from LINK within 2 months. Please do go ahead as soon as possible.if you feel you need the rental reduction. Furthermore, you are strongly advised to report your application (No need for THE INFORMATION) to the Union by email to email@example.com so that we can follow up your case with the LINK.
Building on the successful and strongly supported presentations of live e-CMEs through ZOOM Webinars and Facebook live during this Pandemic period, we are encouraged to continue organizing more live e-CMEs in June. Please find the scheduled time table for live e-CMEs for June and July on page 6 of this Bulletin for your perusal.
As the Government will announce to end gathering restriction measures in June 2020, our Princess Margaret Hospital Sunday Afternoon Symposium will start again in July 2020, details of which will be announced as soon as possible. For our HKDU one-year CME package subscriber for PMH Sunday Afternoon Symposia, since we have stopped the symposia for 5 months since February 2020, our Council decided to extend the period of entitlement of free 12 symposia up to June 2021. Please ask our secretariat at 2388 2728 for details.
I have received calls from members asking for help in application for Employment Support Scheme (ESS) offered by the Government through the Anti-Epidemic Fund. I have actually applied for the ESS myself and found the application process quite user friendly. The website for application is https://www.ess.gov.hk/zh/ and the application dates are from 25th May 2020 to 14th June 2020 (all inclusive). If the application is successful, one can get the relief fund in June 2020. Before application in the web, one has to prepare a soft copy of the latest bank statement for upload, Business Registration certificate number, name of MPF Trustee, name of MPF Scheme, MPF participation number and other
relevant information. My accountant advised me to choose the month with the highest figure of salaries of the clinic staffs from December 2019 to March 2020 to apply. As such, I have taken 2 minutes to complete the application in the web, I trust you may take less time than that.
Wish you all the best.