Kowloon Hospital admits losing patient data
Kowloon Hospital yesterday said it lost a USB flash drive with patients' data in November 2006. This follows revelations that a Tuen Mun clinic and the United Christian Hospital had lost flash drives with patients' personal information. The loss involved data for five patients, but the hospital could not inform them because its staff could not recall the names of the patients. The hospital said it had promptly reported the loss to the police.
Meanwhile, a total of 142 people called a Department of Health hotline over a missing USB flash drive from a Tuen Mun child assessment centre. It was storing the private data of 665 patients.
The department revealed the incident on Friday, fearing that the information, including medical records and personal details, would be abused. A 2125 1133 hotline was set up to handle inquiries. Of the 142 calls received, none had reported any abuse of the data and most people wanted to get more information. A medical officer left the flash drive in her unlocked office. Police are still investigating.
Poor weather further delays tugboat salvage
Salvage works to raise a sunken Ukrainian tugboat suffered another blow as they were delayed again. This time, the reason was poor weather with low visibility and strong water currents. Neftegaz-67 sank upside down near Tuen Mun last month after colliding with a mainland-registered cargo ship. Asia's largest floating derrick, the Guangzhou Salvage Bureau's Hua Tian Long, has been preparing to lift the tugboat. It was scheduled to raise the vessel yesterday morning after a four-day delay caused by Tropical Storm Neoguri and damaged cables. The salvage bureau said the lifting operation might resume today if the weather was good. Seven crew members escaped but 18 were trapped on board. Only three bodies have been recovered; the rest are believed to be in the tugboat.
Education centre to raise tree awareness
The first thematic education centre featuring trees was officially opened in Aberdeen Country Park. The director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, Cheung Siu-hing, attended the opening ceremony of the Aberdeen Country Park Tree Centre. Miss Cheung said the department hoped the centre would raise public understanding of tree conservation. The centre opens daily from 9am to 5pm, except on Tuesdays.
Man, 88, hit by minibus
An 88-year-old man was fighting for his life after a minibus hit him in Kwun Tong. The man was knocked down just before 9am on Hip Wo Street. He was taken to United Christian Hospital and later transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was in critical condition.
'Stock god' tips 27,000 HSI
Henderson Land Development chairman Lee Shau-kee predicts the Hang Seng Index will soon exceed 26,000 points and hover around the 27,000-point level during summer. Mr Lee, dubbed 'the Asian god of stocks', told the press that the mainland stock market had bottomed out over the central government's latest move to cut stamp duty.
Tourists dumped in Macau
Three Hongkongers and seven mainlanders were dumped by their tour guide in Macau after a row over travel arrangements. The Hongkongers and their Shenzhen relatives joined a low-fare Macau tour, for which they paid 98 yuan (HK$109) each, and entered the city from Zhuhai . The tourists said they were allowed little time for sightseeing and were kept at shops too long. They said their tour bus and guide left them at the St Paul's ruins after some of them spent longer than the 10 minutes allowed by the guide at the site.
Three hurt in 3-vehicle collision
Three men were injured in a three-car accident in Tsing Yi. The three vehicles were heading to the airport about 1.30pm when they collided on Tsing Ma Bridge.
Driver, passenger injured
A car driver, 52, and his passenger, 51, were hurt in a collision in Cheung Pei Shan Road, Tsuen Wan, when the driver failed to brake after the vehicle ahead stopped suddenly.