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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Overseas doctors needed in Hong Kong to ease crisis, say UK experts

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am by EMILY TSANG AND LO WEI

    ... Emily Tsang and Lo Wei British experts warn Hospital Authority that restrictions on foreign recruitment should be relaxed quickly to lift threat to patient safety Overseas doctors 'needed to ease crisis' Curbs on hiring overseas doctors should be eased because of a staffing crisis that poses a threat to the safety of patients, the Hospital Authority was told yesterday. ...

  2. A lesson in crisis management

    Posted Jun 28th 2009, 12:00am by Dan Kadison

    ... Dan Kadison It was Friday, May 1, and the government had a crisis on its hands. Doctors confirmed that a sick Mexican traveller, who had stayed in a Wan Chai hotel, was infected ... praising Hong Kong and saying they'd return not only to the city, but to the hotel as well. A crisis can 'capsize your canoe' or it can enhance your value, popularity ...

  3. It doesn't take a crisis to test competence

    Posted May 11th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung Two public images of the government that have emerged from two unrelated incidents are both ironic and thought-provoking. The swine flu crisis saw a government in action- from ... of an outbreak, the government must be seen to have acted. However, the system of government is not only tested in times of crisis. People's perceptions of the government are often shaped ...

  4. Financial crisis to put strain on drug subsidies

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

    ... Ella Lee The financial crisis is expected to put extra stress on a fund that subsidises public patients' drugs- including cancer drugs- and expensive medical equipment, the Hospital Authority and patients groups said. More patients are expected to seek help from the authority's Samaritan Fund to buy medicines not covered by the public hospitals' standard list. ...

  5. Mainlanders push number of March visitors up from last year

    Posted May 07th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... gain, the tourism outlook remains highly volatile, given the continued impact of the financial crisis and the threat of swine flu,' board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said. Despite ... primarily because of the relative weakness of its currency, which makes it more expensive for its citizens to travel abroad. Almost 10 per cent fewer visitors came from Taiwan in the first quarter ...

  6. School closures during flu crisis defended

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee York Chow Yat-ngok insists his decision to suspend schools last week to control the flu outbreak was correct and timely. Dr Chow announced the closure of all primary schools and kindergartens late on March 12, hours after he had said there was no ...

  7. Flu crisis shows need to reform health services

    Posted Mar 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hospital crisis is a reminder of the urgency of reforming the delivery and financing of health services. Plans for greater participation by the private sector, with more emphasis on preventing ...

  8. How an unwelcome export sparked crisis from Singapore to Saskatchewan

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... system had proven to be fractured, underfunded, poorly staffed and poorly led during the Sars crisis. Singapore was another country that battled a serious outbreak of the virus, with 238 ...

  9. Health crisis law should be used with care

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

    ... of these powers, there is a need to safeguard human rights and private property. A health crisis may justify a temporary suspension of some legal rights, but it must be declared on solid medical grounds ... crisis, so its capability remains untested. Our readiness may be comparable with that of any developed country. Given our painful experiences with bird flu and Sars, we should be setting standards ...

  10. Fall guy for Sars crisis finds that people do matter

    Posted Oct 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... CHRIS YEUNG After 14 years as head of Hong Kong's health system, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong calls it a day this week following his resignation over the political fallout from the Sars crisis. Dr Yeoh resigned in July shortly after a Legislative Council select committee issued its report on the government's handling of the outbreak. Branded ...




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