Editorial : Organisational renewal is required in the Hospital Authority and the MTR

【明報專訊】IN recent years, the performance of the Hospital Authority and the MTR has been repeatedly criticised. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has said that in this world there is no organisation that is everlasting and never declines. Public bodies have to undergo self-renewal and, if necessary, the government is willing to help. The tarnished reputation of Hong Kong's public healthcare and railway services is closely related to the internal governance of the Hospital Authority and the MTR. Reforms can no longer be delayed. Big organisations often suffer from structural inertia and have a tendency to maintain the status quo and resist change and reform. From what has been happening in the last few years, one doubts whether the MTR and the Hospital Authority are capable of renewing themselves. Instead of playing only a passive role of helping from the sidelines, the government must assume leadership and intervene vigorously to press these organisations for reforms.