Public hospital internships clarified

March 20, 2023

The Hospital Authority today clarified that public hospitals have never provided clinical internship subsidies to physiotherapy and occupational therapy students.


It made the clarification in response to media reports suggesting that clinical internship subsidies to physiotherapy and occupational therapy students would no longer be provided. However, public hospitals have never provided such subsidies to these students, therefore, it is untrue to report that they would cease.


The authority reiterated that public hospitals will not adjust the arrangements for providing internship opportunities and quotas for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, and this will not affect the prevailing manpower and financial arrangements.


At present, tertiary institutions will arrange internship training in public hospitals for students of healthcare-related programmes including physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The authority will deploy additional manpower and resources to supervise and assist the students.


It also emphasised that public hospitals will continue to co-operate with tertiary institutions and relevant professional organisations to enhance the training of healthcare professionals to serve patients.


The authority has been supporting and co-operating with different tertiary institutions in training healthcare professionals while providing internship opportunities in public hospitals for healthcare-related programme students so that they can gain enough clinical experience and meet the internship requirements for professional registration.

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