In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am

Doctors to hold sit-in to push for better pay

More than 1,000 doctors are expected to join a sit-in next Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to fight for better pay for colleagues who joined the Hospital Authority after 2000. That was the year of the last such protest, when more than 1,000 public hospital doctors held a sit-in to protest against the implementation of a 'two-tier system', which reduced the pay of new doctors. The Frontline Doctors' Union and the Public Doctors' Association say they expect about the same number. FDU chairman Ernie Lo Chi-fung said the impending pay rise for civil servants had hit a nerve with doctors. The change to doctors' pay was made during the economic downturn, as was the civil servants'.

Waiter, guests held after row

A waiter and two customers were arrested at a restaurant in Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long, at about 12.30am yesterday after a fight broke out when the two men, aged 20 and 25, were told by a waiter, 54, that the restaurant was about to close. Police said the waiter and the younger customer were taken to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.

Director's nephew 'critical'

Kuk Jo-yiu, the 20-year-old nephew of film director Vincent Kuk Tak-chiu and younger brother of actress Jo Kuk Cho-lam, remained in critical condition after jumping from the third floor of La Salle College, Kowloon Tong, on Thursday. The man's grandmother committed suicide by jumping from the same place in April last year.

Legionnaire's case

The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a case of Legionnaire's disease involving a 57-year-old man - the fourth case so far this year. The patient, who lives in Tuen Mun and has not travelled recently, fell ill on June 4 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on June 11. He was in critical condition last night.

Hit-and-run driver sought

Police are hunting for the driver of a car who fled after hitting two elderly people crossing the road at the corner of Connaught Road Central and Eastern Street in Western at 5.10am. The pair, a man aged 76 and woman aged 86, were in stable condition in Queen Mary Hospital.

More chickens for festival

The number of live chickens imported from the mainland will be increased from the daily 20,000 to 56,000 to meet the surge in demand in the two days before Tuesday's Dragon Boat, or Tuen Ng, Festival.