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  1. Health issues highlight lack of ministerial talent

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... But it is not easy to list the conditions under which officials must declare their health problems. These issues warrant thorough public debate as expectations for public accountability continue to grow ... official to reveal a health problem, being prompted by a newspaper report to confirm that he has been undergoing dialysis for months after suffering kidney failure. Suen says his public duties have ...

  2. Hong Kong can and should pay for good health care

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... cannot accept that third-world medical hardware is still being used in our public hospitals. With the rapidly rising demand from mainlanders for medical services in Hong Kong, our public system ... plans. Donald Tsang made no mention of the hospitals' fate in his policy address last October. This may have been because of issues arising from the annual resource allocation exercise ...

  3. We won't push birth rate: health chief

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong is not Singapore, the health chief insisted yesterday when asked if the government would adopt a Lion City-style tax-incentive package to boost the birth rate. ... alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman of child-bearing age in 2003. Last year's rate, to be announced ...

  4. HK's disconnect in health and air policy

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Markus Shaw

    ... pollution does not constitute a public health crisis? Please explain why you disagree with the Hong Kong Paediatric Society, Hong Kong Geriatric Society, Hong Kong Asthma Society, Hong Kong Society ... Markus Shaw Here's a direct question for the chief executive: 'Do you agree that air pollution is a serious public health issue?' If the answer is 'yes', then why ...

  5. Summit a sideshow to HK's pressing policy issues

    Posted May 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the plan. He has couched the issues the economic summit will address in terms of how Hong Kong could benefit from the plan. But this is a euphemistic way of spelling out the external threats Hong ... of the mainland. Hong Kong cannot afford to be complacent. But the issues raised by the chief executive for consideration by the summit are not new. They amount to a need to ensure that our city adapts ...

  6. Next on the agenda, the issue of a legacy

    Posted Feb 05th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... citing health reasons. Mr Lee, one of the two pan-democrat legislators who attended the forum yesterday, is keen to see Mr Tsang fulfil his aspirations. 'If people remember Tung Chee-hwa ...

  7. Final address must tackle housing issue

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in 2003. In a random telephone survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme since September, 69 per cent of about 1,000 respondents said housing was a 'very important' issue for Tsang to address, followed by health care policy (60 per cent). Tsang, in a rare admission, said in a radio programme on Saturday there had been shortcomings in government ...

  8. Officials' health care at the heart of the matter

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... and is in charge of the government budget. He basically holds the lifeline to Hong Kong's economy, so it is only natural that his state of health has drawn so much public attention. But, these rumours ... the gossipmongering is just a one-sided affair, stirred up by vested interests. But, Tsang's health has highlighted one very important issue; the health of our senior officials. Under the current system, ...

  9. Knotty issues

    Posted Mar 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that will create jobs for the needy The public tax burden will be relieved by reducing the standard salaries and profits tax rates to: 15% While Hong Kong cannot shirk its constitutional duty to enact ... Donald Tsang's election pledges: A green paper outlining three proposals for universal suffrage will be issued by the middle of the year. The idea is to get agreement on a 'final ...

  10. Critics keep up assault on 'miserly' HK$50 health vouchers for elderly

    Posted Oct 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... address. The chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Tam Yiu-chung, said the voucher scheme was a good idea, but the limitation of five vouchers a year ...




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