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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Ambulance crew shortage costing lives, Shanghai experience shows

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:08am by Alice Yan

    ... Alice Yan ting.yan@scmp.com Shanghai is indicative of national crisis, with too few doctors willing to staff emergency vehicles Ambulance shortage risks lives Yong Xinwei believes her father might still be alive today had an ambulance arrived much sooner after he collapsed at home early this year. Her family called the medical-emergency service immediately in January when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1586875/ambulance-crew-shortage-costing-lives-shanghai-experience-shows
  2. Coroner surprised by ambulance breakdowns

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A coroner at an inquest into the deaths of three elderly people who died amid ambulance failures said yesterday it was surprising that the vehicles broke down. Michael Chan Pik-kiu said the ambulances were maintained by the highly skilled workmen of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department- unlike normal cars, which are taken to run-of-the-mill shops. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700074/coroner-surprised-ambulance-breakdowns
  3. Coroner slams ambulance checks and suggests a 'change of garage'

    Posted Dec 05th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The Fire Services Department, whose often-criticised ambulances are serviced by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), should 'change garages', ... department at an inquest into the deaths of three people who died after ambulances sent to pick them up broke down. 'The EMSD's maintenance is ineffective. You definitely have to change ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700320/coroner-slams-ambulance-checks-and-suggests-change-garage
  4. A priority case

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... Christine Loh Legislators must stop dithering and approve the new system for prioritising the use of ambulances- the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS). They can take the first step ... family is taken suddenly ill- perhaps the problem is even life-threatening. You call 999 for an ambulance. The government's current policy is to provide a free, first-call, first-serve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709640/priority-case
  5. 'I saw a light swaying far out in the water'

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fingernails and yellow work clothes blackened by the mud below- ate while ambulances carrying the survivors to various hospitals whizzed past him. Hao and his 35 teammates had been working underground ... being brought out of the mine pit one after another, strapped to stretchers and wrapped in green blankets. Groups of rescue workers wearing blue and orange jumpsuits loaded them into ambulances ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/710649/i-saw-light-swaying-far-out-water
  6. Abuse of ambulance services must be curbed

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Public services that are free tend to get abused, and this would seem to be the case with ambulances. A Legislative Council committee meeting was told yesterday that people complaining ... Hospital Authority accident and emergency section staff put the proportion of ambulance trips that are unnecessary at more than 40 per cent, but the Fire Services Department, which is in charge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666104/abuse-ambulance-services-must-be-curbed
  7. Caritas death inquiry blames confused calls

    Posted Dec 30th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... for an ambulance. The patient was taken to the emergency room 26 minutes after arriving at the hospital but was later certified dead. Dr Ma initially said she had rightly complied with hospital guidelines ... told him she was not a medical worker and advised him to dial 999. She called the hospital's ambulance control centre at 2.47pm to check why an ambulance had not arrived. A surgeon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/665335/caritas-death-inquiry-blames-confused-calls
  8. News - China

    Ambulance cameras will catch drivers blocking emergency vehicles, Shenzhen warns

    Posted May 20th 2014, 05:59pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... Keira Lu Huang Drivers in Shenzhen have been warned that new cameras mounted on ambulances will record any cars blocking emergency vehicles. Later this year, all ambulances managed ... their path. The evidence will be used to issue penalties. Cameras inside ambulances will record the crew’s emergency treatment in case there is a dispute between the hospital and the patient’s family. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1516230/ambulance-cameras-will-catch-drivers-blocking-emergency-vehicles-shenzhen
  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Ambulance crews protest over 'exploitation' and 'discrimination'

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:45am by SAMUEL CHAN, Johnny Tam

    ... Samuel Chan and Johnny Tam Staff say they struggle to take meal breaks between saving lives due to lack of manpower 'Exploited' ambulance crews protest Dozens of off-duty ambulance staff descended on the Legislative Council complex yesterday, demanding an end to what they call "exploitation" and "discrimination" by their bosses. Members ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1409877/ambulance-crews-protest-over-exploitation-and-discrimination
  10. News - China Insider - CRIME

    Chinese man detained after hijacking ambulance for ill girlfriend

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 11:25am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A man surnamed Shi has been sentenced to 20 days’ detention for hijacking an ambulance in coastal Fujian province last week. Police said the man, whose full name was not released, had to serve time for assault and “disturbing order at a workplace” for attacking an ambulance’s driver and taking control of his vehicle in an effort to get ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1376696/chinese-man-detained-after-hijacking-ambulance-ill-girlfriend

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