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Item 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Number of Registered Healthcare Professionals?(persons)
Western Medicine Practitioners 10130 10412 10731 11016 11242
Chinese Medicine Practitioners? - - 2385 4738 4986
Dentists 1826 1855 1907 1848* 1896
Pharmacists 1315 1362 1414 1457 1517
Nurses 40388 42032 43383 43782 44402
Western Medicine Practitioners per Thousand Population 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.6^
Number of Medical Institutions and Hospital Beds
Medical Institutions        (number) 102 99 98 97 98
Hospital Beds                  (beds) 35100 34852 35159 35526 34400
Beds per Thousand Population 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.0^

Notes: Figures are as at end of the year.
?Statistics on the registered medical personnel are maintained by the Medical Council for western medicine practitioners, Chinese Medical
Council for Chinese medicine practitioners, Dental Council for dentists, Pharmacy and Poisons Board for pharmacists, and Nursing Council
for nurses.Annual renewal of practising certificate is required for western medicine practitioners, dentists and pharmacists, Chinese medicine
practitioners are required to renew the practising certificates each three years. Figures for western medicine practitioners/dentists refer to
the western medicine practitioners/dentists with full registration on both the local and overseas lists. Figures for nurses refer to both registered
nurses and enrolled nurses.
?Figures are available since 2002. They do not include listed Chinese medicine practitioners who can practise lawfully in Hong Kong under
the transitional arrangements for registration of Chinese medicine practitioners until a date to be announced by the Secretary for Health,
Food and Welfare in the Gazette. Listed Chinese medicine practitioners may apply for registration under the requirements of transitional
^ Provisional figure.
*In accordance with Section 15(3) of the Dentists Registered Ordinance, Cap. 156 Laws of Hong Kong, 154 names of registered dentists were
removed from the register in 2003. Offsetting by 95 new dentists registered in 2003, there was a net decrease of 59 dentists in that year.

These tables are based on figures supplied by the National Bureau Of Statistics of the The Peoples Republic Of China and are subject to revision by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

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