18/11/2019

致香港市民:

 
對於有網上帖文指無國界醫生未有回應香港的狀況,我們希望藉此向公眾詳細交代。
 
無國界醫生的團隊一直有跟本地的醫護同業保持聯繫,分享我們在緊急醫療方面的經驗,希望能夠協助更多人應對迅速變化的香港狀況。
 
我們深切關注近期香港的暴力事件持續升溫。保持醫療中立、尊重醫護人員的醫療責任,以及病人可以不受阻礙下得到醫療護理,都是至為重要。
 
無國界醫生所有行動上的決定,都是基於我們的評估小組所作的全面分析及評估。在香港出現社會動盪之初,我們同樣成立了評估小組,由一名資深醫生領導,與本港醫院的醫護同業、急救人員和不同團體組織等一直保持聯繫,確保能夠全面地掌握現況,包括了解是否有任何重大的醫療需求及缺口。評估小組的評估結果認為,香港社會各界提供的醫療資源與救援能力都是充足的。
 
無可否認,過去數月,對每一位香港人來說,都是十分艱難的時刻。無國界醫生重視你們的意見,亦聆聽到你們的關注。無國界醫生過去數月也面對著重重挑戰。
 
我們明白大家或許會對無國界醫生感到失望。對於我們而言,這也不是一個容易的決定。我們內部幾經討論,也預想到這個決定可能被視為對香港的情況漠不關心。然而,作為國際醫療人道救援組織,即使結論未能盡如人意,我們也必須貫徹始終,按既定程序進行獨立評估,並根據評估結果,作出以醫療需求為本的救援決定。
 
無國界醫生一直致力確保我們在香港的做法,與我們在其他地方——包括許多因為極不人道的狀況而危及無數生命的地方,做法完全一致。
 
無國界醫生向香港以至世界各地的捐款者承諾,恪守不偏不倚、獨立公正的原則,並維持財政獨立,以確保我們可以在不受任何政治影響下,為最有需要且處於危險中的人們提供醫療援助。
 
無國界醫生也在此保證,一旦發現巨大的醫療支援缺口,我們必定會採取相應行動。
 
 
 
無國界醫生(香港)總幹事
 
戴義禮
 
 
18th November 2019
 
 
Dear Hong Kong public,
 
In light of the comments on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) about our alleged lack of response in Hong Kong situation today, we would like to share our thoughts with you.
 
MSF team is liaising with local medical networks and sharing our expertise on emergency medical response to facilitate them to adapt to the rapidly changing context in Hong Kong.
 
We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence in Hong Kong in the past weeks. It is vital that medical neutrality is preserved and duty of care of medics are respected, and patients have unhindered access to medical care at all times.
 
Our operational decision is based on the evaluation of our assessment team, led by a veteran medical doctor. The team has been liaising, and continuously, with medical networks, first aid responders, and organisations since the beginning of the unrest to ensure that we are alerted with the medical needs and gaps as the context evolves.
 
What we have learned from our assessments is that there has been immense support amongst Hong Kong local responders and the resources and capacity to help is significant.
 
It is clear that what is happening here is difficult for Hong Kong people. MSF values your opinion and we hear your frustrations. It is truly a tough period for Hong Kong people, and also a challenging time for MSF during the past months.
 
We understand that you may feel disappointed towards us. It’s not an easy decision for us, too. We are also aware, based on series of internal discussions and debates, that we may be perceived indifferent as a result. However, as an international medical humanitarian organisation we need to be consistent on demonstrating our actions based on independent assessment of needs, no matter how unsatisfactory the result is.
 
What we have been striving for is that our action today in Hong Kong is entirely consistent with how we work in many other difficult places where lives are at stake in very inhumane settings.
 
Our commitment to all our donors around the world, including the people of Hong Kong who have been giving to us for years, is that we will ensure we remain steadfast in our principles – that we will take no sides, we will be impartial in providing medical aid, and we will be financially independent so that we could help populations in danger where the needs are greatest, free from political influence.
 
Rest assured, that MSF remain committed to act where the unmet needs are.
 
 
Yours Sincerely, 
 
Sam Taylor
Executive Director, MSF Hong Kong
 
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