Two years for man who set up as doctor in flat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am

A 68-year-old man who practised medicine without registration at his Mongkok home for more than 20 years was yesterday jailed for two years.

Lai Sau-yat's unregistered clinic came to light when one of his patients died at his flat in Nullah Road after receiving an injection on July 2 last year.

District Court Judge Maggie Poon Man-kay, sitting as deputy in the Court of First Instance, said the incident highlighted the potential danger of unlicensed practice.

'The purpose of registration is to protect the basic interests of patients to avoid their lives being put under threat and to guard against the uneven quality [of doctors] from overseas,' the judge said.

Lai had pleaded guilty to three counts of practising medicine without registration, three counts of running an unregistered clinic, and possession of dangerous drugs, antibiotics and part 1 poisons.

The court had heard that Lai, a registered doctor on the mainland, came to Hong Kong in 1978. He began practising medicine at his home in 1982.

Prosecutor Virginia Lau had told the court the deceased, Wong Yau-kuk, was found to have fainted in the toilet of the defendant's flat after receiving treatment and injections. She was later certified dead at Kwong Wah Hospital.