Date
23 May 2017
Lawmaker Ann Chiang (left) has drawn fire from the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists for her remarks related to mentally ill people. Photos: RTHK, tvb.com
Lawmaker Ann Chiang (left) has drawn fire from the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists for her remarks related to mentally ill people. Photos: RTHK, tvb.com

Psychiatrist survey rips lawmaker’s ‘mental patients’ suggestion

A survey has shown that most psychiatrists enjoy the relationships with their patients, contrary to what a pro-Beijing lawmaker suggested last week when she took some jibes at filibustering colleagues.

More than 80 percent of practicing and training psychiatrists interviewed by the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists (HKCP) said they enjoy listening to their patients and that they are often inspired by their patients’ experience.

The survey also found that nearly 75 percent of the respondents were concerned about negative media coverage on mental patients.

Six in ten said they feel frustrated about their patients not being treating equally in the society.

Chan Kit-wa, a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hong Kong, noted that one of her patients has successfully found a job as a paramedic for the elderly after five years of treatment.

The result is very comforting, she said.

The HKCP survey was carried out on email between December 19 and 21. A total of 339 practicing and training psychiatrists were interviewed.

The exercise was undertaken after DAB lawmaker Ann Chiang said on Dec. 16 that psychiatrists are more likely to suffer from mental disorders than others as they have to constantly listen to troubled people.

She made the comment in the Legislative Council, using it as a metaphor to criticize pan-democratic lawmakers who repeatedly called for a roll call to see if there was a quorum as they attempted to stall a debate on a controversial copyrights amendment bill.

HKCP took umbrage at the reference, slamming the comments as unfounded and discriminatory.

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