Nursing the Greater Bay Area

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Fitting the MSAR’s medical, technology and environmental measures into the Greater Bay Area initiative will require structure and development, according to representatives of the city’s health care, social security and social services fields.
The suggestions came during a meeting held by the MSAR Government’s Policy Research Office coordinator, Lao Pun Lap, and assistant coordinator Ung Hoi Ian, held to collect opinions on the city’s participation in the regional plan.
The majority of the participants at the meeting expressed their agreement with the city taking part in the initiative, and pushing the diversification of the city’s economy.
Many were aware of the challenges that the city will need to face, suggesting: the development of Big Data for the sharing of information for social service; the digitisation of medical documents; improving qualifications of medical and social professions; the cross-border sharing of medical and pension resources for the elderly; improving the competitiveness of the young local population; and co-operation on environmentally friendly measures and standards between cities.
There were also suggestions for cooperation between regions in strengthening the training of medical and nursing personnel in order to unlock Macau’s medical specialties, integrate the city into the construction of the GBA development, and promote the internationalisation of medical services.
In terms of future disputes and to ensure the rights of Macau citizens, some proposed the setting up of a special department to provide legal consultancy services regarding the regional development initiative.
With the MSAR pushing for the development of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) industry, some opined that the MSAR could act as an external window and platform for exchange, and cooperate in developing the technology behind TCM in the city.
Other suggestions, such as further capitalising on the city’s cultural background to build diversified cultural tourism, were also raised.