Preparing for the Handover
Britain agreed in 1984 to turn Hong Kong over to China in 1997. In the run-up to the handover, Hong Kong acted to develop its own institutions, such as an Academy of Medicine to supervise training and to set qualifications. The powers of the Hong Kong Medical Council were widened to include postgraduate medical education. While previously graduates of UK and Commonwealth universities had the automatic right to practice in the colony, when these rights were abrogated, they were not transferred to the new sovereign, China. Aside from graduates of Hong Kong medical schools, all others have to pass examinations before being able to practice in the territory. In the process of adopting new legislation, Hong Kong almost forgot some of its students who were still studying overseas.