|The growing number of women from mainland giving birth in Hong Kong is putting great pressure on the region's maternity department.|
Too many mainlanders giving birth in HK
York Y N Chow, secretary for Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, said Wednesday that the growing number of women from mainland giving birth in Hong Kong is putting great pressure on the region's maternity department, Xinhua reported.
Almost half of last year's births in Hong Kong were by mainland women who seek to give their children a permanent resident status. Hong Kong recorded 88,000 births last year, 41,000 of which were births by mainland women. According to Hong Kong law, anyone born in the region automatically has permanent resident status.
Chow said medical services should give priority to local women.
(China.org.cn April 1, 2011)