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  1. Three-tier ambulance call plan may begin in 2013

    Posted Jan 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang A proposed three-tier system for grading the urgency of ambulance calls may be implemented in 2013 and the Fire Services Department will submit a proposal to the Legislative ... The proposed respective target response times are nine, 12, and 20 minutes. Ambulance operators will ask clear, structured questions such as whether the patient is conscious and breathing, Lo said, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/704331/three-tier-ambulance-call-plan-may-begin-2013
  2. Public to be consulted on grading system for ambulance calls

    Posted Jan 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Hongkongers will be asked to give their views this year on a new ambulance response system that ranks calls by degrees of emergency, so that the more serious medical cases receive the fastest attention. A recently concluded consultancy report proposes that calls for an ambulance be sorted into five categories, each with a different response-time target ranging from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668019/public-be-consulted-grading-system-ambulance-calls
  3. Ambulance union decries lack of staff

    Posted May 28th 2005, 12:00am by Caryn Yap

    ... Caryn Yap 'Unfair' allocation of resources blamed for inadequate service amid rise in demand People are dying because a lack of resources is preventing ambulances from upholding ... the government and Legislative Council to investigate the 'unfair' allocation of resources within the Fire Services Department (FSD), which operates the city's ambulances. 'The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/502242/ambulance-union-decries-lack-staff
  4. People back fines for abusing ambulance services: poll

    Posted Apr 13th 2006, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung More than 70 per cent of the public support a fixed-penalty fine for misuse of ambulance services, a survey conducted by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has found. Nearly 60 per cent of the 1,085 people surveyed believed there were cases of abuse of ambulance services in Hong Kong, with 72 per cent in favour of charging people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544578/people-back-fines-abusing-ambulance-services-poll
  5. 67 breakdowns in just one month

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Hong Kong's ambulances are less able to respond quickly in emergencies because of the increase in breakdowns and maintenance stops, the Director of Audit says. Between July 20 and August 19 this year, there were 67 breakdowns among a total of 252 ambulances, according to the latest audit report on emergency ambulance services. The age of the vehicle fleet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/661637/67-breakdowns-just-one-month
  6. Media relationship in public's interest

    Posted Feb 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... For many years, internal guidelines have not required the Fire Services Department to tell the media- meaning the public- about ambulance calls unless at least eight people are injured ... took legal advice 'and found that cases of personal illness and injury do not involve the public interest'. Disclosure of ambulance activity did not matter so much before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993619/media-relationship-publics-interest
  7. Don't abuse emergency services, staff told

    Posted Jan 10th 2007, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo The Fire Services Department has issued an order to prevent misuse of ambulances and is considering what action to take against a senior staff member found to have done so. This follows an inquiry into complaints against the senior ambulance officer, some of which the Security Bureau said yesterday had been fully or partly substantiated. In one of the complaints, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/578064/dont-abuse-emergency-services-staff-told
  8. Priority system in use worldwide

    Posted Jul 29th 2005, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... Sherry Lee and Michael Wei The Medical Priority Despatch System (MPDS)- the controversial proposal to grade the urgency of each ambulance call, tabled recently in the legislature ... (FSD) spokesman says. It is expected to reduce calls for ambulance services and 'save lives', says FSD director Anthony Lam Chun-man. MPDS categorises patients into different groups ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/510087/priority-system-use-worldwide
  9. Hundreds die needlessly as the city's bureaucrats dither

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I have just completed a two-year term as a member of the public liaison group for the Hong Kong fire and ambulance services. It was a rewarding experience, which I strongly encourage ... experience with the community at large. First, the fire and ambulance services are staffed and equipped to world-class standards. In addition, the men and women who comprise both ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/585363/hundreds-die-needlessly-citys-bureaucrats-dither
  10. Journalists unhappy with fire department releases

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the department did not post anything, even details of whether it sent an ambulance. The association criticised the department for covering up cases in the name of protecting privacy. 'What we need ... of frontline firemen and ambulance crews and was not intended to hinder press freedom. The press group will meet department officials today to resolve the issue. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993171/journalists-unhappy-fire-department-releases

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