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  1. Hospitality union joins calls for wage law

    Posted Oct 01st 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Paggie Leung

    ... Martin Wong and Paggie Leung A union is calling for a statutory minimum wage to protect catering workers who they say make less money than cleaners and security guards. More than 30 workers from the Catering and Hotel Industries Employees General Union rallied outside the government offices in Central yesterday to demand a minimum wage of no less than HK$33 an hour. ...

  2. Charity to the rescue as abortion hospital shuts

    Posted Jul 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by the government.' An abortion costs between HK$3,000 and HK$4,000 at the association, and can be far more expensive at private hospitals. Union Hospital in Sha Tin charges between HK$16,000 and HK$32,000. ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong plans to expand its abortion service after the closure of a private hospital that performed more than half ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Keep zero-birth quota on track

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... With the zero-birth quota for non-locals taking effect from January, more mothers-to-be may sneak in and show up for birth at the last minute. The concerns are shared by private hospitals, which have stepped up measures to deter abuse of emergency facilities. For instance, Union Hospital is introducing a hefty surcharge up to HK$170,000. It will also report cases to the police to see whether ...

  4. Insurance union backs mandatory health plan

    Posted May 31st 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... said. 'There should be a system for the two companies to share that risk, such as for the first company to subsidise the second.' The federation wants doctors and hospitals to make their charging more transparent. 'Some people now doubt their insurance plans have enough coverage because they are not sure how much the hospitals and doctors will charge them,' Mr Tam said. ...

  5. Abortions fear over hospital closure threat

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... charges HK$8,000 for an abortion, making it the only affordable option for women past 10 weeks pregnant. The Union Hospital in Sha Tin charges twice to four times as much for an abortion depending ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com The closure of a private hospital that carries out almost half of Hong Kong's abortions could lead to women seeking illegal or unsafe terminations, ...

  6. Hospital sued over serious injuries in suicide attempt

    Posted Jan 08th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle A woman who became paraplegic after jumping from the third-floor podium of Union Hospital is suing the hospital for more than HK$25 million for failing to stop her harming ... depression. She had been in and out of several other hospitals in the month leading up to her trip to Union Hospital, and according to her counsel, Ruy Baretto SC, had been diagnosed as being ...

  7. Canteen staff at public hospitals earning less than general workers

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Scarlett Chiang Public hospital canteen staff are earning less than the average wage for general workers, according to a survey by a staff union which found some were being paid only HK$15.30 an hour. The Catering and Hotels Industries Employees General Union interviewed 145 staff at canteens in eight public hospitals and found their average hourly pay rate was HK$22.90. About ...

  8. Hospital chief denies plan to make civil servants pay

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Polly Hui

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Polly Hui Despite assurances, union fears that study will herald an erosion of benefits The Hospital Authority yesterday denied it was proposing to have civil servants pay $1,200 a year for medical services. Hospital Authority chairman Leong Che-hung said a consultant's study of a medical insurance scheme was still in its early stages. Under ...

  9. Fewer mainlanders give birth in city's hospitals

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang The number of mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong's public hospitals has dropped by about a tenth in the first five months of this year compared with 2006, the year before a charging policy was introduced, the government says. A charge of HK$39,000 was imposed in 2007 on pregnant mainlanders wanting to give birth in public hospitals, to tackle a growing ...

  10. Pay hike

    Posted Sep 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Hospital Authority is to give a pay rise to more than 4,700 nurses and other medical workers. Do you agree with the largest nurses' union that this will fail to stop the exodus of more experienced staff? Write to us. ...




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