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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. '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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. News - China

    Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:07pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner that night It was Friday evening in Beijing and along Haidian Dong San Jie, an ambulance could be seen hurtling down the street – the vehicle's blue and red lights flashing and sirens wailing. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1116505/beijing-hospital-staff-grilled-over-private-use-ambulance-sirens
  8. Don't wait to prioritise ambulance service

    Posted Nov 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... nature we have to live with. A prime example is frivolous use of our ambulance service that wastes hard-pressed resources. Officials have to strike a careful balance in trying to curb it so as to ensure the service is not compromised. But few would quibble with their decision that ambulances will take emergency patients only to the nearest public hospital from the end of next month. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729247/dont-wait-prioritise-ambulance-service
  9. Ambulance priority system delayed

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But and Phyllis Tsang The government has decided to delay until at least 2014 a new dispatch system designed to ensure ambulances are sent to the most urgent cases first. A plan ... said it would make a final decision tentatively by 2014 on whether the core of the controversial system- prioritising ambulance calls- would be implemented. The Fire Services Department has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/710796/ambulance-priority-system-delayed
  10. Deaths 'not caused by late ambulances'

    Posted Jul 30th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... the ambulances carrying them broke down, saying neither of the patients had a pulse when medics arrived. However, the department was looking to upgrade its ageing ambulance fleet at a quicker pace after ... Hospital delayed when her ambulance broke down. And a 60-year-old kidney patient, who died on July 20, was held up for 10 minutes because of a breakdown. Both patients had to be picked up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/647079/deaths-not-caused-late-ambulances

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