Government to blame for maternity crisis: professor
The government has long ignored the consequences of mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong, Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai, of Chinese University's department of social work and social administration, told an RTHK programme yesterday. It had done nothing to tackle the influx of expectant mainlanders and had failed to plan for the future. Medical sector lawmaker Dr Leung Ka-lau told the programme the next government should consider amending the Basic Law to deal with the issue. But DAB lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung said the problem could be tackled by administrative means.
Trimmer dies after fall from 20-metre tree
Leung Kwok-kiu, 47, died in Prince of Wales Hospital after falling from a 20-metre tree he had been assigned to trim on Sha Tin Heights Road, Tai Wai. In a separate work accident, Lam King-fat, 62, fell from a three-metre ladder while repairing a pipe in a car park on Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan, and was in critical condition in Princess Margaret Hospital last night.
Woman held after falling cement injures pedestrian
A 31-year-old construction worker, a woman, who was dismantling scaffolding on Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, was arrested after a lump of concrete about eight centimetres across fell and injured a 50-year-old pedestrian below. The man was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital with an injury to his chest.
Two buildings damaged by deadly fire to reopen
Police will allow residents to return today to two more of the buildings damaged in the fire that killed nine people and injured 34 in November - 192-194 and 196-198 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok. Another building affected by the fire has already been reopened. Police now suspect an electrical fault rather than arson caused the fire.