Medical supplies washed up on beach

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 August, 1993, 12:00am

FOUND on a beach near Stanley yesterday: one disposable scalpel, unused; one bag and tube for intravenous drips, unused; a surgeon's cap; and dozens of pairs of rubber surgical gloves.

All along the Tai Tam coast, medical consumables floated with the tide.

''It's disgusting,'' said one resident, who could see the rubbish from his apartment in the Manhattan.

''We used to go down to that beach with our son; we never go there any more - it's far too dirty.'' He reported seeing a number of rubber gloves at Stanley Main Beach last weekend. ''There were plenty of them, and the children were playing with them.'' The Hospital Authority has denied any responsibility for the dumping.

''In public hospitals we have proper methods of disposal of medical waste and consumables,'' a spokesman said.

''I have no idea where these items have come from but it is very unlikely that they should have come from a public hospital.'' Police in Stanley said this was the first time a surgical knife was reported to have been found on a beach in the area.