York Chow

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York Chow Yat-Ngok
周一嶽
Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 April 2013
Preceded by Lam Woon-kwong
Secretary for Food and Health
In office
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012
Chief Executive Sir Donald Tsang
Chief Secretary Henry Tang
Undersecretary Prof Gabriel Leung
Permanent Secretary Marion Lai & Sandra Lee
Political Assistant Paul Chan
Preceded by Himself (as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food)
Succeeded by Ko Wing-man
Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
In office
October 2004 – 30 June 2007
Preceded by Yeoh Eng-kiong
Succeeded by Himself (as Secretary for Food and Health)
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 66–67)
Hong Kong
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhou.

Dr. York Chow Yat-Ngok (traditional Chinese: 周一嶽; simplified Chinese: 周一岳; pinyin: Zhōu Yīyuè; born 1947, Hong Kong), GBS, SBS, MBE, JP, was the Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong and a member of the Executive Council. He was appointed as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food in 2004.[1] The position has since been renamed to Secretary for Food and Health from reshuffling in 2007.

History[edit]

Chow is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession. He was appointed Hospital Chief Executive of Queen Mary Hospital in 2001. Chow was appointed a Vice-President of the International Paralympic Committee in 1997.

During his studies in the University of Hong Kong since 1967, he stayed in St. John's College and has served as the male sports captain in the academic years 1968–1969.

Controversies[edit]

2011 June protest[edit]

On 25 June 2011 a small protest was held by about ten mothers begging on the street for the attention of Chow regarding the mainland Chinese mothers birth tourism issues with hospital capacities.[2] These are families that have a mainland mother and a Hong Kong father. Chow did sympathise with these couples, but nothing was done after the protest.[3] The issue later expanded to the Early 2012 Hong Kong protests which was also triggered by Kong Qingdong's comment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr York Chow embraces new role with relish". news.gov.hk. 26 November 2004. Archived from the original on 7 May 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "孕婦跪地向周一嶽示威". News.now.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "aTV 亞視新聞- 周一嶽認為中港家庭團聚非單靠來港分娩". Hkatvnews.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Yeoh Eng-kiong
Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary for Food and Health
Succeeded by
Matthew Cheung
as Secretary for Labour and Welfare
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Secretary for Food and Health
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Ko Wing-man
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ambrose Lee
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Michael Stuart-Moore
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star