Highs and lows

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 July, 2010, 12:00am

Hospital Authority chief executive Shane Solomon's four and a half years in office


Jan: Solomon becomes first chief executive who is not a doctor and cannot speak Cantonese to head the 15-year-old authority

March 4: Chow Yuen-man, 87, is given the wrong body for cremation, instead of that of her husband following identity mix-up at Fu Shan Public Mortuary in Sha Tin. A month later barcode system is introduced

March: Proposal to trim the number of doctors on call at night in effort to cut work hours


Oct: Public hospitals required to file reports online of serious blunders to authority's head office

Oct: Solomon leads delegation to Australia to look at accreditation system on hospital services


Dec 20: Yeung Fei-lung pleads with staff of Caritas Medical Centre to help his father who is having a heart attack. Staff tell him to call 999, but Yeung Tak-cheung, 56, collapses and dies on the doorstep

Dec 23: Hospital Authority chiefs offer apology to family, and Solomon stresses core role of hospital staff should be to save lives


Jan 15: Police officers sift through almost all 8 tonnes of clinical waste at Tseung Kwan O landfill, but find no sign of baby's body missing from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital shortly after baby's death on December 15

Jan 24: Solomon renews three-year contract

March: A sixth patient dies after taking fungus-tainted anti-gout drug Allopurinol. Scare sparks citywide drug replacement campaign and review of pharmaceutical safety system

April: Incidents of doctors losing patients' details on USB flash drives lead to Solomon saying protecting data should be authority's highest priority

Aug: Solomon apologises for saying employees would be sacked if they did not sign a pay cut consent form


March: Five public and three private hospitals undergo international accreditation for first time to standardise quality of medical care

July: Solomon announces resignation