Punishing workload

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 12:00am

I agree with Thomson Leung's letter headlined 'Authority must change gruelling schedule in government hospitals' (South China Morning Post, January 23), about the heavy workload faced by hospital doctors and the adverse effect it has on their lives.

However, I am more concerned about how patients are affected.

These doctors are exhausted every day. Are they capable of conducting a proper diagnosis 100 per cent of the time? Lives are at stake here.

Medical literature changes rapidly. I presume the Hospital Authority would expect its doctors to keep up to date with innovations, but what time is available for them to do that?

Is the authority going to do something to alleviate this workload?


Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada