Taiwan will not allow Chinese medical personnel to practice medicine or obtain medical certificates as Taipei and Beijing prepare to sign an agreement on medical and health cooperation next week, a government official said yesterday.
The planned accord is scheduled to be signed when Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) meets his Chinese counterpart, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) in Taipei next week.
Department of Health Vice Minister Hsiao Mei-ling (蕭美玲), invited by the Mainland Affairs Council to hold a press brief on the planned accord, said bilateral negotiations on the deal had been conducted under five principles.
The first principle is that medical cooperation between the two sides does not involve the cultivation of medical professionals. Medical personnel from China will not be allowed to obtain professional certificates in Taiwan, nor will they be able to practice medicine. Chinese investors will not be allowed to establish hospitals in Taiwan and Chinese hospitals will not be eligible to receive Taiwanese health insurance payments.
Hsiao said the proposed accord would cover four areas: prevention of infectious diseases, the management and development of drug safety, emergency rescue operations and the study of Chinese medicine and its safety management.
In a bid to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Hsiao said Taipei and Beijing would exchange related information regularly. At the time of an outbreak, one side would be able to get the most recent information from the other. Both sides would also cooperate on the study and development of vaccines.
On the management and development of drug safety, Hsiao said the two sides would establish a mechanism whereby they would inform each other of related information and jointly crackdown on counterfeit drugs. Both sides would also join forces to ensure drug safety and quality following international standards. Another cooperation area is clinical experiments on new drugs, she said.
Since more than 90 percent of Taiwan’s Chinese herbal medicines are imported from China, Hsiao said the safety of these products is important. Chinese exporters must produce papers to prove their safety and the safety checks must meet international standards, she said.
While some worry that Chinese exporters might forge the documents, Huang Lin-huag (黃林煌), chairman of the health ministry’s Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, said the products would undergo three rounds of inspection — at the manufacturer, at customs and random inspections when they are marketed.
Questioned on the effectiveness of the agreement, in view of the fact that Taiwan still has not received any compensation from China for the losses it suffered in the tainted milk incident, despite having signed a food safety agreement, Hsiao said that the compensation case was a civil affair that was still unfolding.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
‘CHINESE CAPITAL’: Fanny Liu was found guilty of reducing the rent of a tenant in exchange for a vote for a KMT Taipei city councilor candidate The Taipei District Court on Wednesday sentenced Fanny Liu (劉樂妍), a former member of the now-disbanded female pop group Fantasy 4, to 10 years in prison for vote-buying. The court found Liu — who is now based in China and has made pro-Chinese Communist Party remarks — guilty of reducing the rent on a Taipei property she owned in exchange for the tenant voting for a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate in the November 2018 nine-in-one local elections. She can appeal the ruling. Liu in December 2018 reportedly lowered the rent by NT$1,000 after the tenant said they had voted for Taipei City
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease