Purchasing office established

November 21, 2022

The Health Bureau announced today the establishment of the Strategic Purchasing Office (SPO) for co-ordinating primary healthcare services to be provided to citizens through the private healthcare sector.


Dr Cheung Wai-lun was appointed SPO Director on a temporary basis, in addition to his own duties as Project Director of the Chinese Medicine Hospital Project Office.


The Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address put forward the plan to set up the SPO, echoing the upcoming Primary Healthcare Blueprint in offering members of the public comprehensive, sustainable and people-centric primary healthcare services in the community.


The purchasing office will formulate and implement strategic purchasing service programmes in line with health policies to foster integrated healthcare and maximise health benefits.


It will also develop and roll out a common platform to facilitate the integrated purchasing of healthcare services from the private sector, with a view to optimising the healthcare system.


Dr Cheung will lead the setting up of the SPO and the preparation work for launching strategic purchasing, including identifying and recruiting a suitable candidate to assume the director post.

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