Hospital Authority Ordinance


Published: 1997-06-30

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Chapter: 113 HOSPITAL AUTHORITY ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date

Long title 30/06/1997


An Ordinance to establish a body corporate to manage and control public hospitals for provision therein of hospital
services, and to provide for matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.

(Enacted 1990)

[The Ordinance other than items 1 to 9 and 11

to 15 of Schedule 4 }
1 December 1990


L.N. 364 of 1990

Items 1 to 9 and 11 to 15 of Schedule 4 }
1 December 1991


L.N. 429 of 1991]


(Originally 68 of 1990)

Part: I PRELIMINARY 30/06/1997


(Enacted 1990)

Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997


(1) This Ordinance may be cited as the Hospital Authority Ordinance.
(2) (Omitted as spent)

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 2 Interpretation 60 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 60 of 2000 s. 3


(1) In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires-
"Authority" (醫管局) means the Hospital Authority established under section 3(1);
"Chairman" (主席) means the Chairman of the Authority appointed under section 3(3)(a);
"committee" (委員會) means a committee established under section 13;
"fee" includes a charge;
"function" (職能) includes a duty;
"Hospital Governing Committee" (醫院管治委員會) means a Hospital Governing Committee established under

section 13(2)(b);
"hospital services" (醫院服務) means services provided in, or in connection with, public hospitals, and includes

services specified in a notice under subsection (2) to be hospital services;
"prescribed hospital" (訂明醫院) means a hospital specified in Schedule 1 or 2, and includes any ancillary premises,

structures and grounds, and any common parts of hospital premises adjoining any other premises;
"principal officer" (主要行政人員) means a person employed by the Authority to be a principal officer of the

Authority;
"public hospital" (公營醫院) means a prescribed hospital the management and control of which have been vested in

the Authority under an agreement referred to in section 5(a);
"public officer" (公務員) means a person employed in the Civil Service of the Government;
"Regional Advisory Committee" (區域諮詢委員會) means a Regional Advisory Committee established under

section 13(2)(a);
"staff" (職員), in relation to the Authority, includes employees referred to in section 5(a) the management and control



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of whom have been vested in the Authority under an agreement referred to in that section.
(2) The Chief Executive may, by notice in the Gazette, specify such services- (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)

(a) as he thinks fit; and
(b) as are specified in that notice,

to be hospital services.
(Enacted 1990)


Part: II ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF

THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY
30/06/1997



(Enacted 1990)

Section: 3 Establishment of the Authority 60 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 60 of 2000 s. 3


(1) There is hereby established a body corporate to be called the Hospital Authority.
(2) The Authority shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and shall be capable of suing and being

sued.
(3) The Chief Executive shall appoint as members of the Authority- (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)

(a) a Chairman, not being a public officer;
(b) not more than 3 public officers;
(c) not more than 4 principal officers; and
(d) not more than 23 other members, not being public officers.

(4) The members of the Authority shall form its governing body with authority, in the name of the Authority, to
perform the functions and exercise the powers of the Authority.

(5) The relevant provisions of Schedule 3 shall have effect with respect to the Authority and its members.
(6) The Authority shall not be regarded as a servant or agent of the Government or as enjoying any status,

immunity or privilege of the Government.
(7) Part VII of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance (Cap 1) shall apply to the Authority and

appointments to the Authority except in so far as it is inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance.
(8) Every appointment under subsection (3) shall be notified in the Gazette.

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 4 Functions of the Authority L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


The Authority shall-

(a) in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance and the relevant agreements referred to in section
5(a) entered into, manage and control public hospitals;

(b) advise the Government of the needs of the public for hospital services and of the resources required to
meet those needs;

(c) manage and develop the public hospitals system in ways which are conducive to achieving the
following objectives-
(i) to use hospital beds, staff, equipment and other resources efficiently to provide hospital services

of the highest possible standard within the resources obtainable;
(ii) to improve the efficiency of hospital services by developing appropriate management structures,

systems and performance measures;
(iii) to improve the environment in public hospitals to meet the needs of patients;
(iv) to attract, motivate and retain qualified staff;
(v) to encourage public participation in the operation of the public hospitals system; and



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(vi) to ensure accountability to the public for the management and control of the public hospitals
system;

(d) recommend to the Secretary for Food and Health, for the purposes of section 18, appropriate policies
on fees for the use of hospital services by the public, having regard to the principle that no person
should be prevented, through lack of means, from obtaining adequate medical treatment; (Amended
L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(e) establish, and assist others to establish, public hospitals;
(f) promote, assist and take part in-

(i) the education and training of persons involved or to be involved in hospital services or other
services relevant to the health of the public; and

(ii) research relating to hospital services;
(g) perform such other functions as are imposed on it under this Ordinance or any other enactment; and
(h) apply its resources towards the performance of its functions specified or referred to in this section, in

particular the promotion, development and maintenance of hospital services.
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 5 Powers of the Authority L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


The Authority may do all such things as are necessary for, or incidental or conducive to, the better performance

of its functions and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may-
(a) for the provision of hospital services, enter into and carry out, any agreement with the Government or

any other person for the management and control by the Authority of-
(i) any property held, or managed and controlled, by the Government or the person;
(ii) any employee of the Government or the person; or
(iii) the Hospital Services Department of the Government;

(b) acquire and hold property of any description if in the opinion of the Authority such property is
necessary for-
(i) the accommodation of the Authority or of any committee; or
(ii) the performance of any function which the Authority may perform, and, subject to the terms and

conditions upon which such property is held, dispose of it;
(c) enter into, carry out, assign or accept the assignment of, vary or rescind, any contract, agreement or

other obligation;
(d) provide in public hospitals, whether by itself or by other persons under agreements entered into with

them, facilities for the purchase and consumption of food and drink, and such other amenities and
facilities as the Authority is of the opinion are necessary or expedient to provide for the benefit of
patients in, the staff of, or visitors to, public hospitals;

(e) establish and maintain such hospital services as the Authority considers necessary or desirable for the
purposes of this Ordinance;

(f) erect, provide, equip, maintain, alter, remove, demolish, replace and improve the buildings, premises,
furniture and equipment used by the Authority for the provision of hospital services subject to the
terms and conditions upon which any such property is managed and controlled pursuant to an
agreement referred to in paragraph (a);

(g) subject to section 18, charge fees for the provision of hospital services;
(h) employ such persons as it thinks fit to carry out hospital services or any other matter relating to the

performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers;
(i) engage the services of such technical and professional advisers as it thinks fit to advise the Authority

on any matter relating to the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers;
(j) undertake and execute any lawful trust which has as an object the furtherance of any function which

the Authority is required or is permitted by this Ordinance to perform or any other similar object;
(k) accept and solicit gifts and donations, whether subject to any trust or not;
(l) with the approval of the Secretary for Food and Health, make grants, upon such conditions, if any, as



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the Authority determines, of financial assistance out of the resources of the Authority to charitable and
other organizations, and to other persons, involved in services relevant to the health of the public;
(Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(m) establish and maintain a system for providing a proper consideration of complaints from users of
hospital services, or of members of the public, in relation to hospital services;

(n) with the approval of the Secretary for Food and Health, establish (including own and acquire) any
body corporate for the purpose of doing any thing which the Authority may do and may vest in any
body corporate so established such functions and powers as in the opinion of the Authority are
calculated to facilitate the provision of hospital services by the Authority; (Amended L.N. 106 of
2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(o) exercise such other powers as are conferred on it under this Ordinance or any other enactment; and
(p) perform any of its functions or exercise any of its powers either alone or in association with any person

involved in hospital services.
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 6 Delegations 60 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 60 of 2000 s. 3


(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Authority may, with or without restrictions as it thinks fit, delegate in writing
any of its functions or powers to-

(a) any member of the Authority;
(b) any committee;
(c) any employee of the Authority;
(d) any public officer who is working in a public hospital;
(e) any employee referred to in section 5(a) the management and control of whom have been vested in the

Authority under an agreement referred to in that section; or
(f) any other person, or class of persons, specified by the Chief Executive, by notice in the Gazette, for the

purposes of this section. (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)
(2) The Authority shall not delegate any of its functions or powers under-

(a) Part III (except that its power under section 8(1) may be delegated to a Hospital Governing Committee
subject to the restriction that it shall only be exercised in relation to the public hospital for which it is
established);

(b) this section or section 13, 18 or 21; or
(c) such provisions of Schedule 3 which are specified in that Schedule as functions or powers which the

Authority shall not delegate.
(3) Subject to the terms of the relevant delegation of the Authority or to any directions of the Authority, a

delegate of the Authority-
(a) shall perform the delegated functions and may exercise the delegated powers as if it were the Authority

itself; and
(b) shall be presumed to be acting in accordance with the terms of the delegation in the absence of proof to

the contrary.
(Enacted 1990)


Part: III FINANCIAL PROVISIONS 30/06/1997


(Enacted 1990)

Section: 7 Resources of the Authority, etc. L.N. 106 of 2002 01/07/2002


(1) The resources of the Authority shall consist of-
(a) all money-

(i) paid by the Government to the Authority and appropriated for that purpose by the Legislative
Council; and



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(ii) otherwise provided to the Authority by the Government; and
(b) all other money and property, including gifts, donations, fees, rent, interest and accumulations of

income received by the Authority.
(2) The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury may give directions in writing of a general or specific

character to the Authority in relation to the amount of money which may be expended by the Authority in any
financial year and the Authority shall comply with those directions. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002)

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 8 Borrowing powers L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Authority may borrow by way of overdraft such money as it may require for

meeting its obligations or performing its functions under this Ordinance.
(2) The Secretary for Food and Health may give directions in writing of a general or specific character to the

Authority in relation to the amount of money which may be borrowed under subsection (1) and the Authority shall
comply with those directions. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(3) The Authority may with the approval of the Secretary for Food and Health borrow, otherwise than by way
of overdraft, such money as it may require for meeting its obligations or performing its functions under this
Ordinance. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(4) A person lending money to the Authority shall not be concerned to inquire whether the borrowing of the
money is legal or regular or whether the money raised has been properly applied and shall not be prejudiced by any
illegality or irregularity or by misapplication or non-application of the money.

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 9 Investment of surplus funds L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Authority may invest money that is not immediately required.
(2) The Authority shall not invest money pursuant to subsection (1) except in such forms of investment as the

Secretary for Food and Health approves. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 10 Accounts, audit and annual report of the Authority L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


(1) The Authority shall keep or cause to be kept proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts

in respect of-
(a) the Authority; and
(b) the public hospitals.

(2) The Authority shall, as soon as practicable after the expiry of a financial year, prepare a consolidated
statement of the accounts of-

(a) the Authority; and
(b) the public hospitals,

which statement shall include an income and expenditure account and a balance sheet.
(3) The Authority shall appoint an auditor who shall, as soon as practicable, audit the accounts required under

subsection (1) and the statement of accounts required under subsection (2) and shall submit a report on the statement



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to the Authority.
(4) The Authority shall, as soon as practicable and in any case not later than 9 months after the expiry of a

financial year (or such further period as the Secretary for Food and Health allows), furnish- (Amended L.N. 106 of
2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(a) a report on the activities of the Authority for that year;
(b) a copy of the statement of accounts required under subsection (2) for that year; and
(c) the auditor's report on the statement,

to the Secretary for Food and Health who shall cause the same to be tabled in the Legislative Council. (Amended L.N.
106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 11 Director of Audit's examination 30/06/1997


(1) The Director of Audit may, in respect of any financial year, conduct an examination into the economy and
efficiency with which the Authority has expended its resources in performing its functions and exercising its powers.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the Director of Audit shall have a right of access at all reasonable times to all
such documents as he may reasonably require for conducting an examination under this section and shall be entitled to
require from any person holding or being accountable for any such document such information and explanation as he
considers reasonably necessary for that purpose.

(3) Subsection (2) applies only to documents in the custody and control of the Authority.
(4) The Director of Audit may report to the President of the Legislative Council the results of an examination

conducted by him under this section.
(5) Without prejudice to the power of the Director of Audit to conduct an examination under this section, this

section applies to any sum of money paid by the Authority in the exercise of its power under section 5(1).
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 12 Exemption from taxation 30/06/1997


The Authority shall be exempt from taxation under the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap 112).
(Enacted 1990)


Part: IV COMMITTEES 30/06/1997


(Enacted 1990)

Section: 13 Establishment of committees 30/06/1997


(1) The Authority may establish such committees for the better performance of its functions and exercise of its
powers as it thinks fit.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the Authority's power to establish committees under subsection (1),
the Authority may-

(a) for a particular region of Hong Kong, establish a committee, to be called a Regional Advisory
Committee, to provide the Authority with advice-
(i) on the needs of that region for hospital services; and
(ii) to assist the Authority in the better performance of its functions and exercise of its powers in

relation to that region; or
(b) for a particular public hospital, establish a committee, to be called a Hospital Governing Committee, to

govern the public hospital in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance and any directions of
the Authority.

(3) The relevant provisions of Schedule 3 shall have effect with respect to a committee and its members.
(4) Subject to the relevant provisions of Schedule 3, the Authority-

(a) may appoint members of the Authority, and persons who are not such members, to be members of a
committee; and

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(5) Part VII of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance (Cap 1) shall apply to a committee and
appointments to the committee except in so far as it is inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance.

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 14 Functions and powers of committees 30/06/1997


A committee-
(a) shall perform such functions and may exercise such powers as are-

(i) imposed or conferred on it under this Ordinance; or
(ii) delegated to it by the Authority under section 6; and

(b) may, subject to the relevant provisions of Schedule 3 and to any directions of the Authority, regulate
its own procedure.

(Enacted 1990)

Part: V MISCELLANEOUS 30/06/1997


(Enacted 1990)

Section: 15 Chief Executive may give directions 60 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 60 of 2000 s. 3


The Chief Executive may, if he considers the public interest so requires, give directions in writing of a general or
specific character to the Authority in relation to the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers and the
Authority shall comply with those directions.

(Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 16 Secretary for Food and Health to consult with the

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury before
exercising certain powers*

L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007



Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


The Secretary for Food and Health shall, before exercising any of his powers under section 5(1), 8(2) or (3) or

9(2), consult with the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury.
(Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(Enacted 1990)
_________________________________________________________________________________________
Note:
* (Amended L.N. 130 of 2007)

Section: 17 Secretary for Food and Health may obtain information* L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


The Authority shall upon request by the Secretary for Food and Health afford to him sufficient facilities for

obtaining information with respect to the property, liabilities and activities of the Authority and shall furnish him with
returns, accounts and other information and afford to him facilities for the verification of information furnished in the
manner and at the times that the Secretary for Food and Health requires.



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(Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)
(Enacted 1990)

_________________________________________________________________________________________
Note:
* (Amended L.N. 130 of 2007)

Section: 18 Fees for hospital services L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007


Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


(1) A Hospital Governing Committee may, subject to any directions given to it under subsection (5), determine

the fees payable for hospital services provided by the public hospital for which it is established.
(2) At any time when there is no Hospital Governing Committee established for a public hospital, the Authority

may, subject to any directions given to it under subsection (6), determine the fees payable for hospital services
provided by the public hospital.

(3) A Hospital Governing Committee in a determination under subsection (1), and the Authority in a
determination under subsection (2), may, subject to any directions given to it under subsection (5) or (6), as the case
may be, specify, either generally or specifically, the circumstances in which, and by whom, a fee for a hospital service
provided by the public hospital to which the determination relates may be reduced, waived or refunded, in whole or in
part.

(4) Where a Hospital Governing Committee has made a determination under subsection (1), or the Authority
has made a determination under subsection (2), it shall, as soon as practicable, and subject to any directions given to it
under subsection (5) or (6), as the case may be, cause the determination made by it to be published in the Gazette.

(5) The Authority may, subject to any directions given to it under subsection (6), give directions in writing of a
general or specific character to a Hospital Governing Committee in relation to the exercise of its power under
subsection (1) or (3), or the performance of its duty under subsection (4), and the Hospital Governing Committee shall
comply with those directions.

(6) The Secretary for Food and Health may give directions in writing of a general or specific character to the
Authority in relation to the exercise of its power under subsection (2), (3) or (5), or the performance of its duty under
subsection (4), and the Authority shall comply with those directions. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 19 Governing body of prescribed hospital specified in

Schedule 2 may enter into agreement referred to in section
5(a), etc.

L.N. 163 of 2013 03/03/2014



(1) The governing body, by whatever name called, of a prescribed hospital specified in Schedule 2 may,
notwithstanding the provisions of any specified document applicable to the governing body or prescribed hospital,
enter into, and carry out, an agreement referred to in section 5(a) to such extent, and subject to such terms and
conditions, as are agreed between the governing body and the Authority.

(2) Where the governing body, by whatever name called, of a prescribed hospital specified in Schedule 2 enters
into an agreement referred to in section 5(a)-

(a) the provisions of any specified document applicable to the governing body or the prescribed hospital
shall not apply to-
(i) the governing body;
(ii) the prescribed hospital;
(iii) the Authority; or
(iv) any other person specified by the Chief Executive, by notice in the Gazette, for the purposes of

this section, (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)
to the extent that the provisions of any such specified document are inconsistent with the provisions of
that agreement or this Ordinance; and

(b) the governing body may, at the same time as it enters into that agreement, or subsequently, and
notwithstanding the provisions of any specified document applicable to the governing body or



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prescribed hospital, assign to the Authority, with the acceptance of the Authority, any contract,
agreement or other obligation entered into by the governing body in relation to the prescribed hospital.

(3) In this section, "specified document" (指明文件) means-
(a) any enactment other than this Ordinance;
(b) any articles of association; or (Amended 28 of 2012 ss. 912 & 920)
(c) any constitution or rules.

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 20 Amendment of Schedules 1, 2 and 3 60 of 2000 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 60 of 2000 s. 3


The Chief Executive may by order amend Schedule 1, 2 or 3 but any order to amend Schedule 3 shall be subject
to the approval of the Legislative Council.

(Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)
(Enacted 1990)


Section: 21 Bylaws E.R. 2 of 2014 10/04/2014


(1) The Authority may make bylaws not inconsistent with this Ordinance regulating the conduct of persons
within any specified property.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of bylaws which may be made under subsection (1), such bylaws may
provide for all or any of the following-

(a) the control of trading and advertising in any specified property;
(b) the preservation of good order in any specified property;
(c) the prevention of nuisances in any specified property; and
(d) the eviction of trespassers from any specified property.

(3) The following provisions shall apply in relation to bylaws made under this section-
(a) any bylaw so made may provide that a contravention of specified provisions shall be an offence and

may prescribe penalties not exceeding a fine at level 1 and imprisonment for 3 months for the offence;
(b) without prejudice to any Ordinance relating to the prosecution of criminal offences or to the powers of

the Secretary for Justice in relation to the prosecution of criminal offences, prosecutions under any
bylaw so made may be brought in the name of the Authority; (Amended L.N. 362 of 1997)

(c) the Authority shall cause to be printed copies of all of its bylaws which shall be kept at its principal
office and at each public hospital and be available for sale to any person at a reasonable cost.

(4) For the purposes of this section, "specified property" (指明物業) means-
(a) any public hospital; and
(b) any other property-

(i) the management and control of which have been vested in the Authority under an agreement
referred to in section 5(a); and

(ii) specified in bylaws made under this section as being property to which such bylaws shall apply.
(Amended E.R. 2 of 2014)

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 22 Public hospitals to be public places, etc. 30/06/1997


(1) Each public hospital shall be deemed to be a public place for the purposes of the Summary Offences
Ordinance (Cap 228) and the Public Order Ordinance (Cap 245).

(2) For the purposes of the Road Traffic (Parking on Private Roads) Regulations (Cap 374 sub. leg.O), the
Authority shall be deemed to be the owner, within the meaning of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap 374), of each
private road, within the meaning of that Ordinance, comprised within the boundaries of a public hospital.

(Enacted 1990)




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Section: 23 Protection of members of Authority, etc. 30/06/1997


(1) No member of the Authority or of any committee, acting in good faith, shall be personally liable for any act
done or default made-

(a) by or on behalf of the Authority; or
(b) by or on behalf of any committee,

in the performance or purported performance of the functions, or the exercise or purported exercise of the powers,
imposed or conferred on the Authority under this Ordinance.

(2) The protection conferred under subsection (1) on members of the Authority or of a committee in respect of
any act or default shall not in any way affect the liability of the Authority for that act or default.

(Enacted 1990)

Section: 24 (Omitted as spent—E.R. 2 of 2014) E.R. 2 of 2014 10/04/2014




Schedule: 1 Hospitals the Management and Control of which may be
Vested in the Authority under Agreements with the
Government

E.R. 2 of 2014 10/04/2014



[sections 2(1) & 20]

Castle Peak Hospital
Hong Kong Eye Hospital (Added L.N. 385 of 1993)
Kowloon Hospital
Kwai Chung Hospital
North District Hospital (Added L.N. 623 of 1997)
North Lantau Hospital (Added L.N. 102 of 2013)
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (Added L.N. 385 of 1993)
Prince of Wales Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Mary Hospital
Shatin Hospital (Replaced L.N. 385 of 1993)
Siu Lam Hospital
St. John Hospital
Tai Po Hospital (Added L.N. 152 of 1997)
Tang Shiu Kin Hospital
Tsan Yuk Hospital
Tseung Kwan O Hospital (Added L.N. 285 of 1999)
Tuen Mun Hospital
Wong Chuk Hang Hospital (Added L.N. 233 of 1995)

(Amended L.N. 162 of 2002; L.N. 60 of 2006)
(Format changes—E.R. 2 of 2014)


Schedule: 2 HOSPITALS THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF

WHICH MAY BE VESTED IN THE AUTHORITY
UNDER AGREEMENTS WITH PERSONS OTHER
THAN THE GOVERNMENT

L.N. 60 of 2006 24/03/2006



[sections 2(1), 19(1)
& (2) & 20]


Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital
Bradbury Hospice (Added L.N. 165 of 1995)



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Caritas Medical Centre
Cheshire Home, Chung Hom Kok (Replaced L.N. 428 of 1991)
Cheshire Home, Shatin (Replaced L.N. 428 of 1991)
The Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital at Sandy Bay (Replaced L. N. 285 of 1999)
Grantham Hospital
Haven of Hope Hospital
Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital
Kwong Wah Hospital
MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre
Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital
Pok Oi Hospital
Ruttonjee Hospital (Replaced L.N. 428 of 1991)
Tung Wah Eastern Hospital
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Fung Yiu King Hospital (Replaced L.N. 399 of 1994)
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Tai Sin Hospital (Replaced L.N. 152 of 1997)
Tung Wah Hospital
United Christian Hospital
Yan Chai Hospital

(Amended L.N. 428 of 1991; L.N. 170 of 2000; L.N. 60 of 2006)

Schedule: 3 PROVISIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE AUTHORITY

AND COMMITTEES AND THEIR MEMBERS
L.N. 130 of 2007 01/07/2007



Remarks:
For the saving and transitional provisions relating to the amendments made by the Resolution of the Legislative
Council (L.N. 130 of 2007), see paragraph (12) of that Resolution.


[sections 3(5), 6(2)(c),

13(3) & (4), 14(b)
& 20]


1. Interpretation


In this Schedule-
"Director of Operations" (執行總監) means the principal officer appointed by the Authority to be the Director of

Operations for the Authority;
"Hospital Chief Executive" (醫院行政總監), in relation to a public hospital, means the person appointed by the

Authority to be the Hospital Chief Executive for the public hospital;
"teaching hospital" (教學醫院) means the Prince of Wales Hospital or the Queen Mary Hospital where such hospital

is a public hospital.

2. Terms and conditions of appointment of Chairman


The Chief Executive shall determine the terms and conditions of appointment of the Chairman.
(Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)


3. Employment of principal officers


(1) The Authority shall determine the terms and conditions of employment of the principal officers but shall
obtain the approval of the Chief Executive to any proposed employment of a principal officer (including the terms and
conditions thereof) and to any suspension or dismissal of the principal officers. (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)

(2) A principal officer shall, on behalf of the Authority, perform such functions and exercise such powers as the
Authority assigns, or delegates under section 6, to him.

(3) A principal officer shall not without the permission of the Chairman take part in any deliberation of the



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Authority which concerns the terms of his own employment, suspension or dismissal and shall not vote on any
question concerning those matters.

4. Terms of appointment of members


(1) Subject to paragraphs 2, 3 and 7 and subparagraph (2), a member of the Authority shall hold and vacate his
office in accordance with the terms of his appointment and shall, on ceasing to be a member, be eligible for re-
appointment.

(2) Any member of the Authority, not being a public officer, shall be appointed for a term not exceeding 3
years.

(3) A member of the Authority appointed under section 3(3)(a) or (d) may at any time by notice in writing to
the Chief Executive resign his office. (Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)

5. Members of Authority to disclose interests

in respect of certain contracts


(1) A member of the Authority who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in a contract made or
proposed to be made by-

(a) the Authority;
(b) an employee, agent or a partner of the Authority; or
(c) a body corporate established by the Authority,

shall disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Authority.
(2) The Authority shall record the disclosure in the minutes of the meeting of the Authority
(3) A member who has an interest in a contract referred to in subparagraph (1)-

(a) shall not without the permission of the Chairman or other member presiding take any part in any
deliberation of the Authority with respect to that contract; and

(b) shall not in any event vote on any matter concerning it.
(4) For the purposes of subparagraph (1), a member may give a notice in writing at a meeting of the Authority

to the effect that he is a member of a company or firm and is to be regarded as interested in any contract which may,
after the date of the notice, be made with the company or firm and the notice shall be regarded as a sufficient
disclosure of his interest in relation to any contract so made or proposed to be so made.

(5) A member of the Authority need not attend in person at a meeting of the Authority to make a disclosure
which he is required to make under this paragraph if he takes reasonable steps to secure that the disclosure is made by
a notice in writing which is brought up and read at the meeting.

6. Fees and allowances payable to members of Authority


(1) The Authority may pay its members such fees and allowances as the Secretary for Food and Health, after
consulting with the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, determines. (Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N.
130 of 2007)

(2) The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to any member of the Authority who is a public officer.

7. Chief Executive may in certain circumstances declare

office of member of Authority to be vacant


If the Chief Executive is satisfied that a member of the Authority appointed under section 3(3)(d)-
(a) has been absent from 3 consecutive meetings of the Authority without the permission of the Authority;
(b) has become bankrupt or made an arrangement with his creditors;
(c) is incapacitated by physical or mental illness; or
(d) is otherwise unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member,

the Chief Executive may declare his office as a member of the Authority to be vacant, and shall notify the fact in such
manner as the Chief Executive thinks fit; and upon such declaration the office shall become vacant.

(Amended 60 of 2000 s. 3)

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(1) The quorum of the Authority shall be not less than half the members thereof for the time being but, in any

case, not less than 10 and, while a member is disqualified from taking part in a decision or deliberation of the
Authority in respect of a matter, he shall be disregarded for the purpose of constituting a quorum of the Authority for
deciding, or deliberating on, that matter.

(2) All matters for determination at a meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority of votes of the
members present and voting and where there is an equality of votes the Chairman or other member presiding shall
have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.

9. Procedure of Authority


Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Authority shall have power to regulate its own procedure
including the manner in which decisions of the Authority may be made by a quorum of its members otherwise than at
a meeting of the Authority.

10. Employees, etc. of the Authority


(1) Subject to paragraph 3(1), the Authority shall determine-
(a) the remuneration, and the terms and conditions of employment, of its employees; and
(b) the standards of work and conduct of its employees, and matters relating to their suspension or

dismissal from office.
(2) The Authority shall determine the remuneration and the terms and conditions of engagement of technical

and professional advisers, and the manner of their engagement.
(3) The Authority may-

(a) grant, or make provision for the grant of, pensions, gratuities and retirement benefits to employees;
(b) provide other benefits for the welfare of employees and their dependants;
(c) authorize payments, whether or not legally due, to the personal representatives of a deceased employee

or to any person who was dependent on such employee at his death; and
(d) pay to the Government amounts representing the cost of pensions, allowances, gratuities, or pension

benefits payable by the Government pursuant to section 5 of the Pensions (Special Provisions)
(Hospital Authority) Ordinance (Cap 80) in respect of service under the Authority rendered by persons
transferred from service under the Government to service under the Authority. (Amended 4 of 1992 s.
7)

(4) The Authority may-
(a) establish, manage and control; or
(b) enter into an arrangement with the Government, any company or association for the establishment,

management and control by the Government, that company or association either alone or jointly with
the Authority of, (Amended 4 of 1992 s. 7)

any fund or scheme for the purpose of providing for the pensions, gratuities, benefits and payments referred to in
subparagraph (3).

(5) The Authority may make contributions to and may require employees to make contributions to any fund or
scheme referred to in subparagraph (4).

(6) In this paragraph "employees" (僱員) includes any class of employee which the Authority specifies and in
subparagraph (3) includes former employees.

11. Members of Regional Advisory Committee


The Authority shall appoint to a Regional Advisory Committee established for a region-
(a) a chairman of the Regional Advisory Committee who-

(i) is a member of the Authority referred to in section 3 (3)(d); and
(ii) is not the chairman of another Regional Advisory Committee;

(b) the Director of Operations or his representative;
(c) the Director of Health or his representative;
(d) 1 representative of each public hospital in the region;
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(f) not more than 10 other members whom the Authority considers have suitable attributes or
qualifications (in particular, involvement in community or district organizations) to serve the Regional
Advisory Committee.


12. Functions of Regional Advisory Committee


A Regional Advisory Committee established for a region shall-
(a) advise the Authority on planning to meet the need for hospital services and the provision of specific

services in particular public hospitals in the region having regard to the relationship between health
services provided by the Department of Health, and hospital services, in the region;

(b) review the performance of particular public hospitals in the region;
(c) monitor public opinion and review the pattern of any complaints about hospital services in the region

and suggest improvements to the provision of hospital services in the region;
(d) advise the Authority and public hospitals in the region on the allocation of resources within the region;

and
(e) advise the Authority on any specific matters relating to the region at the request of the Authority.


13. Members of Hospital Governing Committee

established for teaching hospital


(1) The Authority shall appoint to a Hospital Governing Committee established for a teaching hospital-
(a) the Director of Operations or his representative;
(b) the Hospital Chief Executive;
(c) 1 representative, not being a public officer or member of the staff of the Authority, of the Regional

Advisory Committee, if any, established for the region in which the teaching hospital is situated;
(d) 2 representatives of the medical faculty of the university concerned; and
(e) 2 members whom the Authority considers, because of their expertise in administration and

management, interests in health services, or involvement in community or district organizations, have
suitable attributes or qualifications to serve the Hospital Governing Committee.

(2) The Authority shall appoint the chairman of a Hospital Governing Committee referred to in subparagraph
(1) from one of the members appointed under subparagraph (1)(c) or (e). (Amended 80 of 1997 s. 102)

14. Functions of Hospital Governing Committee

established for teaching hospital


A Hospital Governing Committee established for a teaching hospital shall-
(a) oversee the management of the teaching hospital and monitor its overall efficiency and cost-

effectiveness to ensure that the hospital services and teaching requirements are met having regard to
the overall needs of the public; and

(b) having regard to the functions of the Authority, provide policy guidance to the Hospital Chief
Executive on ways to optimise the utilization of the hospital beds, staff and equipment of the teaching
hospital and improve the teaching hospital environment to ensure the provision of hospital services of
the highest possible standard within the resources obtainable.


15. Members of Hospital Governing Committee established for public

hospital which is a prescribed hospital specified in Schedule 2


The Authority shall appoint to a Hospital Governing Committee established for a public hospital which is a
prescribed hospital specified in Schedule 2-

(a) a chairman, for which purpose the Authority shall consult with the governing body of the prescribed
hospital;

(b) the Director of Operations or his representative;
(c) the Hospital Chief Executive;
(d) such number of members as is agreed between the Authority and the governing body of the prescribed

hospital and nominated by the governing body; and



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(e) not less than 3 other members.

16. Functions of Hospital Governing Committee established

for public hospital other than teaching hospital


A Hospital Governing Committee established for a public hospital other than a teaching hospital shall-
(a) advise the Authority of the needs of the public hospital to provide hospital services to the public and of

the resources required to meet those needs; and
(b) oversee the management of the public hospital in ways which are conducive to achieving the following

objectives-
(i) to optimize the utilization of hospital beds, staff and equipment to ensure the public hospital

provides hospital services of the highest possible standard within the resources obtainable;
(ii) to improve the public hospital environment for the benefit of patients; and
(iii) to attract, motivate and retain qualified staff.


17. Members of committee to disclose interests

in respect of certain contracts


(1) A member of a committee who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in a contract made or proposed
to be made by-

(a) the Authority;
(b) the committee;
(c) an employee, agent or a partner of the Authority or the committee; or
(d) a body corporate established by the Authority,

shall disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the committee.
(2) The committee shall record the disclosure in the minutes of the meeting of the committee.
(3) A member who has an interest in a contract referred to subparagraph (1)-

(a) shall not without the permission of the chairman of the committee or other member presiding take any
part in any deliberation of the committee with respect to that contract; and

(b) shall not in any event vote on any matter concerning it.
(4) For the purposes of subparagraph (1), a member may give a notice in writing at a meeting of a committee to

the effect that he is a member of a company or firm and is to be regarded as interested in any contract which may, after
the date of the notice, be made with the company or firm and the notice shall be regarded as a sufficient disclosure of
his interest in relation to any contract so made or proposed to be so made.

(5) A member of a committee need not attend in person at a meeting of the committee to make a disclosure
which he is required to make under this paragraph if he takes reasonable steps to secure that the disclosure is made by
a notice in writing which is brought up and read at the meeting.

18. Fees and allowances payable to members of committee


(1) The Authority may pay to the members of a committee such fees and allowances as the Secretary for Food
and Health, after consulting with the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, determines.

(2) The provisions of this paragraph shall-
(a) not apply in the case of any member of a committee who is a public officer; and
(b) apply in the case of a member of a committee who is a member of the Authority only to such extent as

the Secretary for Food and Health, after consulting with the Secretary for Financial Services and the
Treasury, determines.

(Amended L.N. 106 of 2002; L.N. 130 of 2007)

19. Authority not to delegate certain functions and powers


The Authority shall not delegate under section 6 any functions or powers imposed or conferred on it under
paragraph 3, 6 or 10(1)(a), (4) or (5).

20. Fixing of seal of the Authority



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The fixing of the seal of the Authority shall be-

(a) authorized by the Authority; and
(b) authenticated by the signatures of the Chairman and any 2 members of the Authority authorized by the

Authority, either generally or specifically, to act for that purpose.

21. Documents of the Authority


(1) The Authority may make and execute any document in the performance of its functions or the exercise of
its powers or in connection with any matter reasonably incidental to or consequential upon the performance of its
functions or the exercise of its powers.

(2) Any document purporting to be executed under the seal of the Authority shall be admitted in evidence and
shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been duly executed.

22. Certain documents not required to be sealed


Any contract or instrument which, if entered into or executed by a person not being a body corporate, would not
be required to be under seal may be entered into or executed on behalf of the Authority by any principal officer
generally or specifically authorized by the Authority for that purpose.

(Enacted 1990)

Schedule: 4 (Omitted as spent) 30/06/1997

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