Staffing at outpatient clinics to be reviewed
The Hospital Authority will set up a committee this month to review and improve the operation and manpower resources in the general outpatient clinics. The panel will comprise representatives from the doctors' union and the general outpatient clinics. The authority will hire more part-time doctors. A survey released yesterday by the Public Doctors' Association said nearly 99 per cent of the public clinic doctors interviewed said the 51/2 minutes they have for each consultation was too short. The majority thought they should have at least eight minutes. The association interviewed 231 public clinic doctors in January.
Flat buyers paying too much, says Democratic Party
Flat buyers may be paying up to 45 per cent more for saleable areas than what is listed on sales brochures, the Democratic Party has found. The party studied four sales brochures of uncompleted flats. Democrat Lee Wing-tat said prices per square foot listed on the brochures were taken from the gross floor area, not the saleable area, which excludes bay windows and utility platforms. He suggested sales brochures of uncompleted flats include details of gross floor areas and saleable areas that both included and excluded bay window and utility platforms. He said the issue would be discussed at a housing panel meeting in the Legislative Council tomorrow.
Contract workers protest
Nearly 20 contract general service assistants from public hospitals protested at the Hospital Authority headquarters in Mong Kok yesterday, calling for permanent contracts matching the number of years they had already worked. The hospital staff hoped the authority would relax the requirements for converting workers on contracts to permanent employees and also demanded fairer pay rises.
Fires amid red warning
A man was injured in a fire that engulfed two shanties in San Wai village, Wong Chuk Hang, at 8pm - two hours after the observatory issued a Red Fire Danger Warning. There was a hill fire in Hung Lung Hang, Sheung Shui, at 6pm.