24 Jun '11, 10am

Hong Kong slashes quota for mainland babies

HONG KONG - HONG Kong on Friday announced a sharply reduced quota for mainland Chinese women allowed to give birth in its public hospitals, as it struggles to cope with the tens of thousands arriving yearly. 'There is a surge of demand for Hong Kong's obstetric services by non-local residents, in particular mainland women, in recent years,' the city's health chief York Chow said in a statement. Places for non-local women to deliver in public hospitals will be reduced to 3,400 in 2012 subject to the availability of maternity ward beds, health authorities said, to curb the influx of expectant mothers. 'We have decided in 2012, the Hospital Authority will only accept bookings for non-local women when spare capacity is available,' the health chief told reporters. Mainland mothers reportedly accounted for nearly half of the 88,000 births in the glitzy financial hub in 2010. Wom...

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